Earlier this year a group of Haygrove students, along with others from local primary schools, joined the Wimbleball Lake Buccaneers for 6 weeks of fun every Saturday morning. The Buccaneers get to try out a wide range of land-based and water-based activities on and around the stunning Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor. Over the six weeks, the group took part in kayaking, climbing, archery, high-ropes, sailing and raft-building, building their skills and confidence in themselves and each other at each session.
“it was great to get out on a Saturday and do something different. It was sometimes hard but I was able to work with others and had fun” said Milan, who took part in the programme.
This week the students’ parents were invited to attend a presentation of certificates at Haygrove School which was attended by some of the Wimbleball staff who led the Buccaneer sessions. Alice, an activity leader at the lake, said, “It has been a privilege to have you all at Wimbleball every Saturday. You have worked hard and shown how determined you can be to achieve new things. I hope you take what you have learnt about yourselves and each other and use it to keep making progress and challenging yourselves.”
Mrs Frost, who co-ordinated the programme said, “It was wonderful to see how everyone joined in and, for many, overcame fears they had about joining in with some of the activities. Being part of the Buccaneers has really boosted their self-esteem and I hope we will be able to repeat this with future groups of our students.