In September 2016, Primary 7s from Elderbank Primary School embarked on their adventure to Arran Outdoor Education Centre. The weather was on their side and they experienced a host of different and challenging activities. Both groups spent a lot of time on the water! Getting in and out of wetsuits was one of the funniest and biggest challenges…however, everyone soon mastered it quickly to make the most of their time on the water. Kayaking was the easiest challenge according to some and for others they overcame fears of the water to discover that kayaking in Lamlash Bay wasn’t that difficult, but more importantly it was FUN!
Raft building was another story…with both groups of girls showing great teamwork and determination to build their raft, work together to sail it in a race against the boys…the girls won!
One of the most memorable activities was gorge walking…again, wetsuits on, helmets on, shoes on and ready to head to Glen Sannox, walk up a river, jump off small ledges into fresh and cold water while learning to swim!
Some children went mountain biking on the bike trail from Brodick to Brodick Castle, discovering how different riding a bike to school is compared to riding on a trail to Brodick Castle!
An action packed few days at Arran Outdoor Education Centre with lots of memories, new friendships and plenty of new experiences!
Group 1 – Life on Arran
Primary 7 had a lovely sailing over to the Isle of Arran. The children enjoyed spotting porpoises from the ferry. On arrival at Brodick we met with staff from the centre who took us to Lamlash in the Outdoor Centre minibuses. Once there, it wasn’t long before we were getting the wet suits on and getting ready for our first watery adventure. The green group were heading out to sea in the kayaks and the Red group were heading off to do some gorge walking. All the children had a really enjoyable afternoon and thought it was “amazing”. After dinner and duty, group 1 clearing the tables and tidying up, we headed to the classroom for an interesting talk by Jenny who works for COAST. She then led us out to study the rock pools and the life that lurks inside them. As the sun began to set, we were issued with our equipment and clothing for the coming days, filled our log books and had supper. Duty group 2 set the tables for breakfast and we headed to our rooms for showers, chat and sleep. A good day was had by all.