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On 26th February, Year 5 left the familiarity of Hunter Hall to spend some time living temporarily as Sedbergh pupils at the Casterton Campus on their Sedbergh Residential. On arrival, they hit the ground running (literally!) with an afternoon of sport with their new Sedbergh friends. The girls started with a series of quickfire netball games, followed by swim training then hockey, whilst the boys launched into hockey first, followed by football. The activity didn’t stop there, however. After enjoying an evening meal with their new boarding housemates, they had a dodgeball evening at the sports centre on the main Sedbergh site. Finally, the children collapsed into bed, exhausted, but still buzzing from their day of adventure.

During their Sedbergh residential, feeding chickens and goats was a somewhat unusual start to a Thursday, but part and parcel of experiencing life ‘Sedbergh-style’. This was followed by a drama workshop on a Lion King theme. Designing, making and launching rockets was next on the agenda in the STEM department: Piers was our rocket ‘champion’! There was still time for another session before lunch, and the children tried out rifle-shooting. They all loved it, and there are definitely some target-experts in our midst! The afternoon was packed with circuit training and a hockey masterclass (with a focus on 3D play). Ted was formidable in his goalkeeper debut! After dinner, the children took part in a chocolate brownie-making challenge, each team with their own cooking workstation. You could almost hear the cogs turning as they measured, sieved and stirred.

At the time of writing, the children had just gone to bed, before gearing up for a final morning of science experiments, art projects and cricket. The Sedbergh community have been so warm and welcoming during this Sedbergh residential and I know all the children agree that it has been a brilliant few days, jam-packed full of fun, new friends and phenomenal experiences that they’ll remember for a long time!