YEAR 5 and 6 RESIDENTIAL TO THORNBRIDGE - INFORMATION PAGE

 

Thornbridge is a residential outdoor centre owned by Sheffield City Council. It is used by many schools in Sheffield and it has been the base for St. Gerard’s residential since 2015. The main centre is located near Great Longstone, in the heart of the Peak District a few miles outside Bakewell. It has an extensive 55-acre site in an idyllic setting, comfortable accommodation and various on-site activities.

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Whilst taking part in the activities, the chidlren will develop their skills of team work, support and cooperation, but the experience is about so much more than that. 


The visit  provides an opportunity for the children to become more independent, to live away from home with their peers, forming friendships, overcoming fears and facing challenges. Each year the children (and staff) surprise themselves with they achieve in a relatively short space of time.


At St. Gerard's we offer the children the opportunity to visit twice - once in Year 5, and again in Year 6. One of the main advantages of going for a second time is that children become familiar with the routines and expectations of the site -  They gain experience  and look forward to “having another go” at some of the activities they enjoyed (or didn’t quite manage) on their first visit. 


There is also something quite special about the way that the “experienced” Year 6 children take the “newbie” Year 5’s under their wings and support them – very typical of the family atmosphere at St. Gerard’s.


Each year we also vary the programme so that there are always NEW challenges to face. In 2018 we added den-building and rock-climbing to the programme. In 2017 we went canoeing for the first time... In the past we have taken advantage of the on-site BMX course. We work closely with the staff at Thonrbridge to make sure that we offer an experience that is challenging, rewarding and ultimately good-value.

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The children remain together as a unit during the residential, although they split into smaller groups of no more than 12 whilst taking part in the activities. Throughout the experence they are accompanied by a group of staff from St. Gerard’s - many of whom volunteer year after year because of the wonderful atmosphere.


In addition, Thornbridge staff available on-site 24 hours a day. Thornbridge staff and fully trained instructors will lead activities where specialist skills are necessary to ensure the safety of the children.


The accommodation is clean, modern and private - it is not shared with other schools or the general public. Children are provided with bedding and all of the equpiment they will need throughout their stay.

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School staff also cook all food whilst on the visit - this includes a cooked breakfast and evening meal each day, as well as a sandwich lunch. 


The cost of the visit includes ALL transport, ALL activities, ALL instructors, ALL equipment, ALL accommodation and ALL food. 


We ask that parents return a "Consent Form" immediately after the information evening, which is usualy held in September - along with a £20 deposit to secure a place. This helps us to confirm numbers with Thornbridge early-on so that they can employ instructors and firm up the activity programme. The remaining balance can then be paid in instalments throughout the year or in full. 


We can onlly hope to give you a small 'taster' of life on residential on this page. If you want more information about any aspect of the visit, please speak to a member of staff or visit the Thornbridge site by clicking on their logo below.

 

Headteacher: Mrs. B. Baxter 

 

St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School, Park Nook, Doncaster Road, Thrybergh, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S65 4AE

Telephone: 01709 850568

Fax: 01709 855948

Email: stgerardsprimary@rotherham.school

Twitter: @StGerards1928

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