There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

Wind in the Willows

The whole of Year 7, now classified as potential sailors, headed off to the Isle of Wight for their first Challoner’s school trip to the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA). The trip is a fantastic teambuilding event because everyone can take part- you don’t have to be really sporty or have any prior knowledge and skill to get stuck into this, it’s guaranteed fun and learning for all.

The days were very fast paced – we did kayaking, raft-building, keel boating, sea survival exercises in the pool, chart reading, boat simulation in the Transas suite and pontoon jumping. Even at night there was no rest as we went out on boats to study buoyage and light sequencing! One form was lucky enough to meet paralympian Helena Lucas who won gold in 2012 and bronze in Rio, and BBC Breakfast were also there to find out more about how the Olympics are inspiring the next generation.

There was a lot of laughter, a lot of friends made and a lot of wet clothes and towels for our parents to wash when we got home. Thanks to the teachers for giving up their time. What an amazing start to our secondary school adventure!