10 December 2018

Year 10 students Owen and Jack were provided with the opportunity through the Rotary Club of Preston South to attend the RYPEN course at Castle Head Outdoor Centre in Cumbria.

Typical activities included hiking, canoeing, climbing and self support expeditions usually on the Lakeland fells under strict organisation through experienced and dedicated staff.

The purpose is to help young people develop a real belief in their capabilities and an inspirational experience.
The pair were selected by Priory teachers who believed they would benefit from the trip.

Owen, 14, said: “I was anxious about it but once I got there I enjoyed it. We went canoeing, ghyll scrambling, which is climbing up a waterfall, and more.  I got a lot out of the week, I learnt that I had to trust myself a bit more and believe in myself in situations.”
Jack said: “The idea was to improve our confidence and they split us up into different groups so you communicated with different people every day and it did help.  We had to do a presentation at the end and I am not sure I would have done it before the week.”
Mrs Gutteridge, House Progress Leader at Priory said: “We put Jack and Owen’s names forward as we believed they would hugely benefit from this type of outdoor course – and it has raised their confidence and boosted their school life.
“The course is specifically designed to develop self-belief and confidence gained from team and individual achievement and it was a memorable and rewarding experience for them both.”

The boys will deliver a presentation about their experience to Rotary Club members next week at Penwortham Golf Club with a Priory representative there to support them.