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Year 7 Pinewood Adventure Trip to Chateau du Broutel

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On Friday 21st April at 7:45 we left school with a 7 hour journey ahead of us, before we got the magnificent Château du Broutel.

At 4:30 we got to the Château and were sorted into our dorm mates, but before we put our bags in the dorms we went for a welcome tour around the Château grounds. After that we went into our dorms where we had a bit of free time to unpack and relax. After about half an hour we had supper which was fish and chips, which was really nice. Then we had our first activity, which was a scavenger hunt (or scav for short) and my team came 3rd in both of the sheets. After everyone had finished all the questions we then got into the same groups we had for the scav and built snail houses and bridges for the snails and then we had a completion on the best bridges and snail house. About 45 minutes later we were all in bed nearly asleep after a very long day of traveling and snail house building!

On Saturday we all got up early as we were going to the Albert Museum, the Lochnagar crater, the Thiepval monument and the British front line trench. After Breakfast we all got on the bus and went straight to the Albert Museum, were we went underground to the museum were we heard about some very moving stories. Once we got out of the museum there was a gift shop were they sold some of the real equipment such as helmets, shell cases and lots of medals. Next we learnt about the clothes and guns in the 1st World War. After hearing about the clothing of the soldiers we had lunch for an hour and then set off again to see the Lochnagar Crater, which is 30 meters deep and 90 meters wide (that is MASSIVE). It was really interesting learning about the crater and all the people that died.

Once we were on the bus we traveled to the Thiepval monument were we all found one of our family’s surnames which were really cool! After learning about all the graves at the back of the monument we all got back on the bus and went to the site where one trench had been made so you could walk in it, which was awesome. When we got back to the Château we all had a rest and went to sleep.

On Sunday we had breakfast and then made mayonnaise, which my team won!!!!!! Then we went to the market where we all spoke French to buy whatever we wanted. When we got back from the market we all went into our groups to do our activities. I did raft building and abseiling. Then in the evening we had a camp fire which was so cool.

On our last day we had one last activity, which was zip wire for me (it was amazing, we all went so fast.) Once we had all finished our last activity we all got back on the bus and went home. At 5:30 all our parents picked us up and we went home for a well-deserved sleep!!

For more photos from the trip, please go to the Photo Gallery.


Year 8 Leavers’ Trip Blog Day 5


We split into two groups, with one half having another chance to go white-water rafting and the other half preparing their Pinewood Fine Dining dishes. After a lovely lunch – the staff were unfortunate enough to have to sit outside! – the groups swapped over. Children are now preparing their curtain call performances and writing in their diaries. Tomorrow we head home…

We woke up (obviously) and had a stroll up to the top of the hill. Most of us picked a one euro pain au chocolat or croissant and after breakfast we headed up to our second time of whitewater rafting. As we all boarded the raft we knew how stupendously fun this could be, which it was. But this time, we had extra stops for swimming and jumps. After a great lunch, as per usual, we headed up to la fromagerie (smelly shop) and le supermarché (lots-of-food shop). We made a basic, but delicious (not) supper. Then in the afternoon heat we headed up to our swimming spot up-river. The sweltering heat left as the cool flow of the Salat river hit us! This trip simply sums up Pinewood – not over the top, but UNFORGETTABLE!

Ed Hartley

I woke up later than usual after a long, beautiful day yesterday. I then did yoga to loosen up my tense muscles after the walk up the mountain. After a refreshing yoga session, it was time to do the last sport of the trip: whitewater rafting. I was in a group with different people and a different instructor. We went into the freezing water – even colder than last time, as the intense heat was melting the snow from the mountain. Our instructor (David) made the trip such fun as he made us do activities, such as headstands, running around the edge of the boat and then capsizing it. Then it was time for the weir – the water was too shallow to go over on the boat, so we had to jump off it and it was the highlight of my journey. After whitewater rafting, it was time for cooking. Our group, Davidoff, was to make a starter and a pudding. Mason, Kenny, Oscar and I were to make the starter and I thought that, personally, ours was the best and definitely the most neatly presented! (we’ll wait and see – SD) After that, it was time for the last dip in the river. After a refreshing dip in the river it was time for curtain call practice. Then we gave thanks to the amazing people who looked after us and provided amazing food. This trip has been unforgettable and a blast, it also sums up Pinewood – amazing, daring, pushing and most definitely unforgettable!

Charlotte Hannon

For more photos from Day 5 and the whole trip, please go to the Photo Galleries.

Year 8 Leavers’ Trip Blog Day 4


Today was the day of the big walk!

Today was a little different. As normal, wake up was at 7.30, followed by a cold, yet refreshing walk in the village. Today, I bought a pain au chocolat for breakfast, homemade and very, very delicious. I don’t know how the French can make such wonderful pastries, but I sure can’t. After that good start, we travelled on the bus for half an hour to start the walk. We were to walk 25km up the mountains and down to the hostel without the bus! For the first three hours the walk was fairly enjoyable, in fact I enjoyed every second of it. The bees buzzed and the trees hummed with the breeze and everything was absolutely stunning and wonderful at the same time! We stopped by an enchanting crystal blue lake, which was extraordinarily hypnotic. The fish were very happy to have such a lovely home. After our well-made packed lunch, there was a two hour brutal climb, that was very challenging. At times I couldn’t breathe amongst the sweat and dirt in my throat, but, at last, we reached the top – not in my entire life have I ever been so happy to sit down! Also, the view from the mountain was better than the snowy Alps! It was true beauty… 3 hours later, I am sitting here writing this; the walk down was nearly as hard as the walk up. My feet killed and my groin rubbed and my legs itched with a rash. However, this was an awesome day, full of pain and beauty. I will never forget this.

Max Moseley

Today was the day of the much anticipated 25km walk. We woke up full of dread and went for a short intro walk to test out our boots. After the walk, we walked down from the hill and bought a sweet treat from the boulangerie. We ate a huge breakfast, which was very much needed and then we were off. We started the walk at about 10 and eventually arrived back at 6pm! I have to say that the only thing that kept me going up those leg-killing hills was the scenery, which was beautiful! A couple of hours later we ate lunch at a lake that looked so nice that I wanted to jump in it! We started walking and after another hour it was time for the descent. Three hours later we were back at the hostel; soon after, we ate a huge dinner and went to bed.

Sebbie Kimber

We woke up bright and early to a lovely morning.  We went to the bakery to buy croissants for breakfast. Then we came back from breakfast and before we knew it we were packed and hopped onto the coach. We were off for a 25km walk up and down the mountain! The first 10 minutes were good, but then the heat and steepness got up and our legs started to hurt! It started to get hard for everyone, but we all stayed strong! The views were incredible – I have never seen anything like it! Everyone managed to do it and when we got back, everyone had smiles on their faces! Everyone was glad to get back and all in all, it was a great day!

Olivia Redman

For more photos from the day, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 8 Leavers’ Trip Blog Day 3


Today, the group split into two again, with one half doing the High Ropes course, whilst the other half did rock climbing. At lunch, they swapped over.

High Ropes

Today we went about 30 minutes away from the hostel to the place where the high ropes were. We had to do about a 1km walk to get to the route and the first thing we did was get on our kit and get briefed about how to clip on and other safety information. We went up to the zip wire. At first, I was really nervous about going on the zip wire, because I’m scared of heights, but I conquered it and went for it and it was really fun! We then did a higher zip wire and some bridges. After we had done the bridges, we began to ascend to the highest one. The ascent was scary enough, but the zip line was a thin metal wire running between two mountains. I was not scared this time as I had conquered my fear of heights. When I was on the zip wire, I saw the river running under me and I saw a beautiful view of the forest and the snow-peaked Pyrenees mountains. The high wires was one of my best experiences of my life so far!

Jonathan Cowie

Rock climbing

I was very nervous that I would let people down in the belaying and climbing, so I was grateful for all the support I got while climbing. also, I was very thankful to Gregor when he did not get cross at me even though I was really bad at belaying! The most terrifying bit is when you abseil, having to put all your trust in your partner! Also, I loved the people who taught us how to climb; they were very nice! It was a great day and I can’t wait till the next!

Billy Tulloch

This evening, the children had a bit of a chance to explore the town again. We are just sitting down for dinner having prepared ourselves for the 27km hike tomorrow!


For more photos from the day please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 8 Leavers’ Trip Blog Day 2

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Today, the year split into two groups for a day of rafting and team challenges. The weather was cloudy, but warm and the sun did appear in the afternoon. Here are a couple of reports from the Year 8s:


After feasting on lasagne at lunch, we went Orienteering around the village which was fun, confusing and educational. We met many folk including a couple who gave us many answers to our questions, (we did ask them in French!). They were lovely and we hope to meet more people like them. After arriving back at our checkpoint, (we were talking too long and got lost!), we did the boulder challenge; the challenge consisted of a large boulder that we had to climb around in the shortest time we could. J’adore Team finished 6 minutes before any other team who had done the challenge already! Before heading for a swim, we stopped by the sports hall. Henry Woods and I did a maths challenge, while the others did blindfold trusting and a minefield negotiation. They were great activities which encouraged excitement, teamwork and social skills.

Max Moseley


One of our activities for the day was whitewater rafting. It was awesome and probably my favourite activity. Luckily, I managed not to fall in because the water was freezing. We then parked up the boats and walked upstream, where we jumped into the water and let it carry us down to the boats. It was so cool and fun! Near the end of the activity, we came to a slight barrier which was a kind of waterfall. As we got closer, we realised that we needed to pick up speed and go over, but we all landed safely, (but Fraser fell in!).

Tom Gardener

After the two main activities, a group went up river for a swim, whilst others wrote diaries and sorted out kit. We’ve just had a bit of time in the village, visiting the cafe and trying out some French on the locals. Tomorrow’s adventure includes the High Ropes and Rock Climbing.

For more photos from Day 2 please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 8 Leavers’ Trip Blog Day 1


The journey went very well and despite a short delay we arrived at Seix just before 7pm local time. After finding rooms, we went for a lovely walk up into the hill behind Seix and were given a talk through the town and some of its features. We returned to the hostel for a lovely dinner – I think a lot of us were quite hungry by now – followed by a delicious birthday cake for Ned’s birthday. A quick movie in the cinema followed, and then the children were all tucked up in bed ready for the day ahead!

More photos from Day 1 can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.


Pinewood Ski Trip to Courmayeur

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About 40 pupils and 7 staff headed for Courmayeur on this year’s school ski trip. We arrived in the sunshine at midday and unpacked at our hotel, “The Bosco”. Later on we went up the mountain to get our ski gear. The hotel was amazing; the staff were very friendly and the food was superb. Everyone was pleased with the warm, homely atmosphere.

Monday was our first day of skiing. There were seven groups, each had their own instructor who stayed with them throughout the week; the staff rotated round and skied with a different group each day. The weather was perfect for skiing; sunny but not too hot. The skiing instructors were brilliant and we all improved massively.

Each afternoon after skiing we did an après ski activity. They were all very well organised and lots of fun. First was bowling, Miss Gye unexpectedly topping the leader boards. There was also sledging in which we raced in teams as well as on our own. Whilst sledging, a snowball fight started, of course by Mr King. We went to town twice and spent all our money on sweets. On one of the nights we went to a karaoke bar and sang all night long, Tom leading the way. There was also a pizza night at a restaurant in town, including chocolate pizzas to celebrate a special birthday! On the last day it was presentation evening, where each ski instructor gave out awards to their groups. We then said our thank yous, including showcasing our “ski team theme tune” to them and the staff and gave them thank you presents for all of the great fun we had had that week.

On Saturday we skied in onesies and had a day of total fun. We left Courmayeur that evening and made our way home.

Thank you to Miss Wise, Mr Fuller, Mr Caird, Mr King, Miss Gye, Mr Fogden and Miss Parris for such an enjoyable and well organised trip.

Max Owen

For many more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.