When the children reach the top two Junior Classes they are offered the opportunity to participate in trips to an outdoor pursuit centre in the UK and also a 5 day trip to France.
Walsingham House 2021
On Tuesday 15th
June Upper One visited Walsingham House at Abbotswick for an overnight residential. The retreat offered time, space and an opportunity for personal prayer, and reflection. As a class we bonded in new ways, discovered each other’s gifts and talents. The retreat was centred in prayer (prayer was brought alive for the children). Upper One saw the wall in the main room where a cross made of 72 pieces of wood from around the world, expressing unity in diversity, and the mission as people sent by Christ, just as the original seventy two were sent.
In the chapel, a place of beauty and tranquillity, Upper One were able to Adore the Blessed Sacrament, celebrate Reconciliation and meditate in ways guided by the team. The children were also encouraged in the theme of “Laudato Si”: the fourteen acres of magnificent grounds gave plenty of opportunity to discover God in creation. The children used art, and drama, to help better understand the different aspects of faith, and different Scripture passages. Finally, we came together to celebrate a mass which was the culmination of the retreat.
The long awaited PGL residential trip finally took place this year! As with many other activities it had to be cancelled last year due to Covid19. In late May, the children from Year 5 and 6 travelled to the adventure centre at Liddington in Wiltshire. They enjoyed four action packed days of exciting activities, which included abseiling, orienteering, canoeing, the Trapeze and Zip Wire, to name but a few!
They enjoyed nutritious, hearty meals after they worked up an appetite taking part in some very physical, challenging activities. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
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to see photographs from this trip.
This year the residential trip took place in Swindon. The teachers and staff at the centre all worked very hard to ensure that each and every child enjoyed the activity based trip. The children participated in orienteering, canoeing, a challenging obstacle course, wall climbing, archery, high ropes and swing, as well as many more activities.
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to view more photographs from this trip.
It was a very early start for this year's residential trip to France; the coach departed at 05.50 am! After a quick stop for breakfast the first part of a very busy itinerary began with a visit to Lisieux, the birthplace of St. Therese. The group enjoyed a tour of the Basilicia and saw the beautiful mosaics in the Dome, followed by a visit to the Crypt. The journey continued to the beautiful chateaux, pictured below, where the staff and children were to spend the next four nights.
The group continued to enjoy a huge range of activities from, visiting a goat farm and a snail farm, to making crepes at Le P'tit Chef Academy. Games were played at the chateaux in the evening; football on the lawn, 'Fireball' or more relaxing, a quiz on the lawn or a leisurely stroll around the maze in the grounds.
They visited the Bayeux tapestry and learnt all about the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings. There was also a meaningful and moving visit to the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.
The group enjoyed a trip to Mont St. Michel where they enjoyed a tour of the island and a leisurely lunch. In the evening there was a variety show on the lawn where the children showed their entertaining skills.
The chocolate factory tour was very enjoyable before the group headed home.
PGL Osmington Bay 2016
This year the residential trip was an activity fuelled five day experience at Osmington Bay. The teachers and staff at the centre all worked very hard to ensure that each and every child enjoyed the trip. Below is just a small sample of the photographs taken! These are also available to view in the Gallery.
Another super day today and even a couple of rain showers couldn't spoil the fun! The group walked around the market and purchased ingredients with which to make their own lunch on return to the chateau. The staff were very proud of the way the children behaved at the market and impressed with their enthusiasm for speaking in French and working together as a team.
Monday 18th May
Following a trouble free journey to Folkstone the travelling party arrived at St Omer at about 1pm - just in time for lunch. After lunch they all headed off for a short walk to the cathedral. They then travelled on to Chateau d’Ebblinghem where they settled into their rooms, unpacked and then off again for a three course meal. Smiles and excitement continued when the group took part in a special quiz.
Osmington Bay 2014
Friday 23rd May
Despite the rather miserable weather outside there was a joyful and excited atmosphere about the camp this morning (extra big smiles today) Matt, our PGL leader for the week was in an extremely efficient mood and we had to pack our bags, strip the beds and tidy our rooms - all before breakfast!
After another satisfying meal we headed off to our morning activities - wall climbing and team games.
After lunch we are looking forward to our mini award ceremony and then we'll be gathering our belongings and heading off home.....
We've had a really wonderful week and it has been an absolute pleasure to share this experience with the fun loving, mature, brave, well behaved, tidy, polite, adrenaline filled and adventurous children from the Ursuline Prep!
Thursday 22nd May
A head for heights and a need for speed were definitely necessary for today's activities; abseiling, zip wire, quad biking and street surf (skateboarding of a kind!).
Before we knew it was time to get ready for the much anticipated disco. They all look (and smell!)fabulous - I'm afraid the photos don't do them justice!
Wednesday 21st May
Kayak fun at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Another jam packed fun filled day at PGL!
Today the children went off site to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. They thoroughly enjoyed kayaking particularly as the weather has brightened up. Orienteering and the Trapeze were also on the agenda and our evening activity was 'Passport to the World' - a fun game which took the children around the site searching for answers to general knowledge questions.
Tuesday 20th May
Our first day of activities has been hugely enjoyable and today's photos are just a sample of the fun that's been had. Each group has experienced problem solving, the sensory trail, the tunnel trail and the giant swing and the children are presently competing in their own mini Olympics. We've also squeezed in a trip to the shop and three hearty meals! The weather has been rather changeable today but the children seem to have packed for every eventuality and are well prepared.
The children's last activity finishes at 9pm and although last night's weather was turbulent the atmosphere in their rooms was much more peaceful and a good night's sleep was had by all!
Monday 19th May
Ready to go!
We all arrived safe and well and were very excited to see all the fantastic facilities here at PGL Osmington Bay (and of course the bay itself). Enthusiasm levels were high as the children grabbed their cases and located their new roomies and the location of their home for the week. Following a tour of the dining room (there is a system for everything!) we made our way to 'Little Wembly',a sandy play area, to let off steam and work up an appetite. Tonight's menu can be seen above. After our hearty meal we made our way back to our rooms for some more unpacking and before we knew it, it was time for our evening activity. Some of the children appear to be on their 3rd change of clothes - I fear this fashion frenzy will not last past tomorrow when we will experience the infamous 'sensory trail'! We've also had cause to use our waterproofs but the showers have been short thankfully.
We've had a super start to our week and can't wait to try all that PGL has to offer!