2 December 2019

Two Penwortham Priory Academy pupils enjoyed what they called a ‘character-building trip' as part of the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN).

Year 10 students Sophia and Morgan were provided with the opportunity through the Rotary Club of Preston South to attend the five-day RYPEN course at Castle Head Outdoor Centre in Cumbria.

Typical activities included hiking, canoeing, climbing and self-support expeditions.

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.

Morgan said: “We wanted to go and just enjoy it and it was a good experience. We did rafting, gill scrambling, canoeing and camped out overnight which was really cold! I think it has helped my confidence and I have developed new skills.”

Sophia said: “The experience I got out of it most was team work, learning to work as part of a team. It’s something I will remember for a long time.”

Mrs Bullock, Head of Year 8 at Priory said: "It's a great opportunity for these two students.  The girls went through an interview process against other Year 10 students and were selected following their presentation to myself and Mr Moorby from the Rotary Club.  We put the girls’ names forward as we believe they will hugely benefit from this type of outdoor course and it will raise their confidence and boost their school life.  The course is specifically designed to develop self-belief and confidence gained from team and individual achievement and it should be a memorable and rewarding experience for them both."

The duo make a presentation to Headteacher Mr Eastham about their experiences and then to the Rotary Club in December.