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Lledr Hall 2017

Prefect & PeEr Mentor Training

Well where do I start… Lledr Hall was one of the most unforgettable and enjoyable trips of my Moorside high school experience! It was an amazing way to socialise with new people both in my year group and the year group below., as well as building stronger bonds with those I already knew.

There was no “I” in Lledr Hall, there was only “We”. Teamwork was the key to both safety and fun! I can honestly say that I trusted everyone in my team, and we worked together and helped each other in everything that we did. Everyone was encouraged and everyone was happy.

The activities that we did at Lledr Hall were once in a lifetime opportunity… When we arrived, we were put into our teams and the first test was night time orienteering, there were many laughs, songs and scares with Bradley making his own fun by hiding and scaring us. A common phrase from the teachers was “turn those torches off so your eyes can adapt”. Rather comical considering they were 100 yards behind us and Mrs Kirk had her torch on.

Then there was day 2, ‘mining’. No, we didn’t have pickaxes and an enjoyable day digging… We spent the day in an old disused slate mine, there were still cart tracks and old carts still on the track which were interesting to look at and they even still moved. After a 20-30 minute walk through the mine, we came across a large cavern full of water that was 30 meters deep. There was a large inflatable boat which we all had to climb in and paddle across the cavern, sat behind me was the Lledr instructor who found himself funny when he released the air in my seat and said that the boat was sinking causing me to grab hold of Livie for dear life. His laughter did nothing to reassure me. Once on the other side of the cavern, we came across another 30 meter drop again full of water, this time the only way across was a zip wire from one side to the other.

It’s safe to say that no one left the mine without embarrassment, whether it was looking like a sea lion while trying to get of the zip line or your bottom hitting the water as you zipped across. Mr Eden was always there for us to laugh at or make us laugh and to make sure that we were all ok and happy, and he really helped me when climbing a waterfall Wow not many people can say they have climbed a waterfall hundreds of feet underground. Even if the highlight of his day was actually watching Amber re-enact Tarzan swinging from side to side whilst trying to get to the top. Bu the highlight of everybody else’s day was torturing him for leaving his rucksack with all of his essentials back at the centre.

The second night was one of my favourite Moorside experiences, toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate a cosy camp fire and Mr Dawson leading ‘a roo chi cha’ and some debatable dancing from Mr Williams and Mrs Kirk. That night everyone sat around that campfire was a family, one big happy family. What more could you ask for?

On Day 3, no one in our team could have achieved what they did without each other. Gorge walking, it was so challenging, but enjoyable that you thought you were in a Jacuzzi when really you were in freezing cold water. At every hurdle Freddy and Bradley were there to give us a hand, catch us and encourage us. None of the girls in our team could

have managed it without them. Mr Eden also deserves some credit as he managed to put his wet suite on the right way, unlike Mrs Cook.

Lledr Hall was such an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful that I was given such an amazing weekend. Which was spent with amazing people.

Liberty Calvert, Year 11.