Soggy, exhausted, a little homesick, but with huge smiling faces; as Year 7 students returned to Liskeard School from the annual Porthpean trip. 

With the weather holding out over majority of the trip, the children were able to participate in several exciting adventure activities, including: kayaking, rock-jumping, hiking, rope-climbing, problem solving, beach games and wall-climbing. It was an amazing chance for staff and students to work with each other outside of the classroom – the Porthpean trip was a roaring success for all involved! 

The purpose of the trip was not only to encourage pupils to have active fun, but also to develop positive character traits that we love to promote at #TeamLiskeard. Embracing their fears, Year 7 pupils dived into open water and leaped from ‘Jacob’s Ladder’. 10km hikes across rugged Cornish coastal pathways built lasting resilience in our youngsters. Staying away from home and overseeing mealtime arrangements developed independence and autonomy – important attributes as we move into a post-lockdown world. Ultimately, the sharing of successes, failures, laughs and a few contraband snacks a midnight, helped to create unbreakable friendship bonds. 

A special ‘thank you’ must go to both Mr. Lemin and Ms. Stevens, who organised and led this fantastic trip. Both members of staff selflessly spent numerous hours ensuring that our Year 7 pupils could experience a school residential that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. Their dedication and energy were much appreciated by everyone.