“We are the pilgrims, Master, we shall go always a little further it may be Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow Beyond that angry or that glimmering sea.”
James Elroy Flecker – The Road to Samarkand
Pinewood Adventure exists to challenge and extend our children, to take them out of their comfort zone and to fire within them a spirit of adventure, independence and confidence. Pinewood views the development of the child holistically. From Year 3-8 the children are exposed to a variety of stimuli, most importantly when they travel off-site. Building on our ethos of learning outside the classroom, Pinewood Adventure combines education, recreation and fun.
The Adventure Programme is aimed at the group and the individual. On a group level it involves co-operation, tolerance, team-building, listening and leading. For the individual it engenders character, independence of spirit, resourcefulness, determination, resilience, self-reliance and self-discovery.
We hope it instills in our children a curiosity, a sense of adventure, and a “can do” attitude that permeates through to their approach to other spheres of their young lives, and teaches them valuable lessons about themselves and others that will stand them in good stead for future years.
Pinewood Adventure takes the children to Somerset in Year 4, a sailing weekend in Chichester in Year 5, an outward bound weekend in Wales in Year 6, a French Chateau visit in Year 7, and two trips in Year 8 (one a combined humanities trip and the other an adventure trip to Wales). Year 3 experience a camping-out-night in the school grounds as their first introduction to Pinewood Adventure. We also organise a biennial school ski trip, the last one went to Courmayeur in Italy in March 2016.
A strong, supportive ethos, together with staff who set an excellent example,ensures that pupils are respected and valued. Within this climate they grow in self-belief and self-esteem.