Fun-filled week ends in tears for school leavers

To mark the end of their time at Berwick Middle School Year 8 pupils took part in a fun-filled and action packed week of activities.

Sunday, 7th August 2016, 05:00 am
Berwick Middle School activities week Picture by Jane Coltman

Their first day of fun and challenge was at Fox Lake Activity Centre where they competed in a unique low ropes course challenge over water named Foxfall, as well as tearing up and down the lake on big inflatables known as Ringos; a drenching day for all.

Next came a visit to Lightwater Valley, which started with the challenge of getting to school by 7am to get on the road. Although the journey took about three hours, it was well worth it.

Berwick Middle School prom

Everyone had an amazing time trying out all the rides, including its signature ride The Ultimate, which provides a thrilling 1.5-mile cocktail of speed, cornering and airtime and remains the longest roller coaster in Europe, with a ride time approaching six minutes.

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Back at school for a day, the pupils were put through their paces in a series of activities organised and run by Debra Jerdan of Berwick Cadets. These included a rotating climbing wall, undercover surveillance and problem-solving challenges.

Berwick youth worker Merrick Thompson worked with groups den-building using the minimum of materials. The activity gave time for children to reflect on how life for some children who live in disaster-prone areas around the world can be extremely different to their own.

As is now traditional, the Year 8 Prom provided an extra special evening for the students who turned out in the smartest of outfits. Rory Lathangie, Sophie Paterson and Kit Cawthorn provided the speeches which reflected on the year group’s time at Berwick Middle and included many thank-yous to all the staff who have worked with them. The evening ended with a well-rehearsed prom dance.

Berwick Middle School prom

A trip to Gateshead followed next; pupils spent the day practising their ten-pin bowling skills and also had the chance to try out the dodgem cars.

Their last trip out was a scenic walk in the St Abbs and Coldingham area which included a picnic lunch on the beach.

Finally, the time came for the pupils to say goodbye and this was formally marked with a Leavers’ Assembly. There were plenty of tears but also lots of well wishes for each and every student as they move on to their next step in education.

Berwick Middle School activities week Matthew Dumble, Kit Cawthorn and Ewan Lowrie disguised in army camouflage. Picture by Jane Coltman
Berwick Middle School at Lightwater Valley
Berwick Middle School at Fox Lake
Berwick Middle School at Fox Lake
Berwick Middle School activities week Tyler Winson, Zak Drawbridge and Owen Matthews test out their camouflage. Picture by Jane Coltman
Berwick Middle School prom
Berwick Middle School prom
Berwick Middle School activities week Matthew Dumble, Kit Cawthorn and Ewan Lowrie disguised in army camouflage. Picture by Jane Coltman
Berwick Middle School at Lightwater Valley
Berwick Middle School at Fox Lake
Berwick Middle School at Fox Lake
Berwick Middle School activities week Tyler Winson, Zak Drawbridge and Owen Matthews test out their camouflage. Picture by Jane Coltman