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Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential

Year 7 Lancaster Residential – Sunday 9th July to Tuesday 11th July

As part of our exciting My FPHS enrichment programme, 50 Year 7 students were recently based at the Lancaster University Campus for a 3 day planned programme of compelling learning experiences in the Lancaster area.

Following a Sunday morning departure, we spent the afternoon ‘en route’ to Lancaster at Outdoor Elements, near Burnley. Their activity team provided a specially designed programme that was fun, but yet built team work, communication, problem solving and confidence. The students faced these challenges with great enthusiasm and demonstrated real resilience.

One of the key aims of the visit was to enable Year 7 students to experience life at university and to raise their aspirations for the future.  They completed a treasure trail of the campus which gave them a unique opportunity to explore the scale and facilities of the university.

Across the duration of our stay, students were enthralled by stories of Lancaster Castle’s often gruesome past which brought alive key moments in the history of the region, including the infamous Pendle witches Trial.  A competitive treasure hunt connected the local physical environment with the town’s development as a leading slave port.

The highlight was witnessing Williamson’s Park transform into Treasure Island in an updated version of the classic book.  In this enthralling tale, students followed Jem and her bunch of pirate buffoon’s in their search for treasure down winding paths and through dark woodlands in this outstanding outdoor theatre experience.

We returned to the park in daylight before our return home for a guided tour of the Butterfly House, mini beast cave, followed by a visit to the aviary and an inquisitive family of Meerkats. During a guided animal handling session, students met amongst others, ‘Strawberry the Snake and were intrigued to learn about their life cycles, animal behaviours and habitats.

Overall, the Year 7 students thoroughly enjoyed a diverse programme of creative cultural and personal and social development learning experiences. They demonstrated a real sense of community spirit, maturity and respect – ambassadors of FPHS to be proud of.

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