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Adventure Dolphin - September 2016

All Year 7 students had an action packed start to their Downs Secondary School experience by visiting Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne. This team building day was designed to help them settle into the school and make new friends. As part of the one day adventure they took part in a range of activities. The day included outside activities of canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and teambuilding.

Orienteering – This involved  searching the outside area for codes and working in teams to ensure they beat their peers, proving themselves the best orienteering team.


Kayaking – Students learned skills independently on the River Thames. Safety skills on the water were top of the list and confidence building exercises to help with how to turn, paddle and stop. Soon all students were navigating around the skills course and taking part in a number of games on the water.

Canoeing – This activity was based on the River Thames and focused on teams of three student working together to move around the water. Student enjoyed working in their teams, building up good communication skills to ensure effective progress. 

Team building – Groups worked together to solve problems and team games.

Overall these were extremely enjoyable days that allowed the students to mix and meet others from their year group, gain key skills and learn to work in teams. Great fun was had by all!

For more details on Adventure Dolphin, click here http://www.adventuredolphin.co.uk/

Contact Details

  • Headteacher: Mr C Prosser

  • The Downs School
  • Compton
  • Newbury
  • Berkshire
  • RG20 6AD

  • T: 01635 270000
  • F: 01635 579084
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