Return to the wilderness

Rainford High kick started the Year 7 experience at high school as 245 students went on a Bushcraft adventure to Castle Howard in Yorkshire. 

The school has run the Bushcraft activity for the past seven years, although due to the pandemic, they were unable to last year. This week, the new students got to experience this rite of passage and staff were delighted to have this enriching and developmental visit back on track.  

Over three days, students took a walk on the wild side by sleeping in bell tents and taking part in outdoor activities to build resilience, teamwork and relationships.  

They also got to build shelters, fillet fresh salmon, build fires and learn survival skills under the guidance of highly qualified outdoor education trainers, along with Rainford High staff, who loved getting involved too. 

Principal of Rainford High, Ian Young said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer an enriched curriculum for our young people once again. We pride ourselves on the extra-curricular and enrichment activities available throughout a student’s time here at Rainford High, and so it has been great to take our new cohort out and see them develop new skills.” 

The Bushcraft event has always been successful in building relationships between students who have recently joined the school from a large number of primary schools. The trip helps permeate the school ethos of Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds across the year group, ready for when they are back together in the school environment.

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