Following a successful first week back, some pupils from years nine and ten accompanied the Welsh department on a trip to Glan Llyn. Glan Llyn is situated near Bala, North Wales and is run by the Urdd, who are an institution to promote the Welsh language amongst young people.
Pupils took part in a wide range of activities, starting with mastering the climbing wall. They were so good that they were then challenged to do this blindfolded; a highly amusing task! Another personal favourite was the raft building activity; pupils had to work together to create a raft to test out on the lake. Luckily, the raft stayed together so nobody fell in or got too wet! However, that was a different story on the last day - what started out as a relaxing morning canoeing across Llyn Tegid, quickly escalated into a competition of who could soak the teachers first! It’s fair to say the boys won there.
Across the weekend, pupils also went swimming, tried out some orienteering, completed a high ropes course, and mastered archery. Pupils had the chance to interact with pupils from other schools across Wales, and our group were the first to get the party going at Saturday night’s disco.
Pupils were well fed all weekend, from a combination of the 4 (!) canteen meals they were fed daily, and the amount of snacks they had brought with them and shared amongst themselves in their rooms. They stayed in their allocated areas all night, and didn’t disturb anybody else once. The girls enjoyed applying face masks (and some of the boys) and everybody enjoyed generally spending time with friends, both old and new (this obviously took until the early hours for some!)
I couldn’t be any prouder of our pupils in relation to how they conducted themselves and represented Eastern High. Their behaviour was outstanding throughout, and staff at Glan Llyn commended them on this. They were always willing to use their Cymraeg, and were constantly laughing and joking with each other, and the instructors.
Da iawn pawb!