Over two days this week Year 8 students from both DCGS and DCHS embarked upon a trip to the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC). We made extensive use of HOAC’s facilities, taking part in a range of activities including the high ropes, giant swing, raft building, pedal karts and archery. Students were split up into mixed groups of both boys and girls and sent off, with an instructor, to their respective activities. Unfortunately there was not enough time for us try out everything on offer. After finishing morning activities, we were given time to eat a packed lunch and to walk around, stretch our legs and socialise with other students.

With the afternoon’s activities beginning promptly after, we moved back into our groups. The most notable activity of the day was raft building, which seemed to be a huge hit with everyone. In our groups we were taught by our instructors how to build a raft using the given materials. We were then challenged to be the first team to paddle their raft out to a white buoy and then back to the dock before dismantling and put away their raft. The day was rounded off with an opportunity to run and jump off the dock into the surprisingly warm lake water!