New Year 7students the 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.

Over 160 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, outdoor pursuits and team building events were just some of the outdoor activities in which the various 12-strong teams took part.

Hannah Taylor, Head of Year 7, said: “It was a great day for our 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 Abigail Hunter, said: “there were some real challenging outdoor activities that required good teamwork; the electric fence challenge where we had to cross a ‘roped’ fence with a single plank of wood was a real puzzle, with a number of teams achieving this difficult task.”

Fellow student Ethan Bilsland said, “the three tyre stacking activity was also great with excellent support from Kingston Maurward staff during the day”

Lewis Timms added, “the day was non-stop with outdoor challenges as well as orienteering around Kingston Maurward gardens. The skipping rope challenge was great fun where we had to pass through without breaking the flow of the rope”.

Hannah Taylor added her 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. Our Year 7 students performed to a high standard as individuals and as small teams– this was good preparation for the school life at Wey Valley as well as the Duke of Edinburgh award which many of our students take part in from Year 9”.