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Camp 7 A Roaring Success

Senior School

08 October 2021

There has been great excitement and chatter in Year 7 this term. Along with the general enthusiasm that comes with starting a new school and making new friends, girls in Year 7 also had the promise of our very own Camp 7 to look forward to and have been counting down the days until the tents were pitched. Festival Organiser (and Head of Year 7) Ms Jones-Owen reports on what has been a hugely successful and enjoyable event.

The trouble with arranging outside events in the UK is, of course, the weather. Everything else for Camp 7 was booked, paid for, checked, double-checked and, in true EHS fashion, checked once again for good luck. Now, the fate of the inaugural Camp 7, the orientation week for Year 7 girls, was in the lap of the weather gods. 

I could be seen pacing anxiously around the festival field in the days leading up to the event, constantly checking my weather app. Fortunately for Year 7, the gods smiled upon us. Yes, there was a bit of rain on Thursday, and we may have had to don our wellies for the evening activities, but a little light shower only added to the general excitement of proceedings.

The excitement was palatable from the minute the girls arrived at school first thing on Wednesday morning. Mobile phones were handed in and festival kits comprising of lanyards, wrist bands, flower head garlands were handed out. Girls enthusiastically put on their camp sweatshirts and the activities commenced.

Over the course of the day girls got stuck into archery, climbing, orienteering, assault courses, and inflatable play and laser tag. All that activity required suitable sustenance to keep energy levels up. In true festival style, girls got to try a variety of food options including waffles, pizzas and of course a vast tuck shop.

Most thrilling of all and quite a bizarre sight to behold on the lower sports pitches was the fairy-lit, bell-tent village where the girls slept for the duration of the festival. Teachers from across the school embraced the festival vibe and provided a campfire singalong, a disco and a movie night. I can report that the girls did eventually get some sleep, although they may have had to be prompted a little with this particular activity….!

Our aim of giving the girls a really memorable time was achieved and Camp 7 was a roaring success. All of the girls said that they had lots of fun and made new friends on Camp.

Ms Jones-Owen


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