The newest students at Weymouth’s Wey Valley School had a great time getting to know each other in the autumn sunshine on a team-building away-day at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, last week.

Over 150 11 and 12 year olds, who have all just transferred up from primary school, made the most of the opportunity to make pals with their new school-mates and experience a range of activities that do not generally feature in everyday school life.

Orienteering, archery, outdoor pursuits and team building events were just some of the outdoor activities in which the various 12-strong teams took part.

Mark Salmon, Head of Year 7, said: “It was great to see the students demonstrating the kind of excellent team-work and problem-solving skills that go hand-in-hand with the co-operative values of our school. The students had a great day and the team work and togetherness of our students will put them in good stead for the year ahead”

Student Eden Wrightson, said: it was a great day, with lots of teamwork activities, the ‘blind-folded’ night walk was my favourite as we all had to communicate and support each other to avoid obstacles on the course.”

Fellow student Honey Merrifield said: “the parachute activity and archery were also great with excellent guidance from Kingston Maurward staff during the day”

Cohen Emery added “ the day was non-stop with lots of group activities; archery and the prison break-out scenario was fun too!”

Mark Salmon added his thanks for the support given by Kingston Maurward College.

“The student leaders who ran the outdoor activities were superb, keeping our students on the move all the time with a real focus on teamwork and collaboration to succeed,” he said.