During our recent October half term an intrepid band of adventurers from The Earls High School chose to spend four nights at Ringsfield Hall, a large Victorian manor house in Norfolk.
Although it is a warm and welcoming building, it has the perfect atmosphere and location for a Halloween trip. The house is surrounded by 14 acres of private woodland which is full of wildlife, there is no light pollution which allows us to see the sky flooded with stars and it has a wonderful ‘haunted house look’. We chose to decorate the house with full size skeletons, oversized cobwebs, banners, coloured lights and of course carved pumpkins.
Students were set many challenges throughout the week, some were scary, some relied on leadership and some relied upon teamwork such as taking turns cooking and preparing meals, recycling and looking after the animals which live onsite.
The trip is designed to build confidence, develop teamwork and leaderships skills but it’s also a lot of fun. We got to visit the seaside town of Great Yarmouth, ‘fly’ a plane at Flixton Air Museum, tell ghost stories and toast marshmallows around the campfire and play various games in the woods at night time. The final night saw staff and students in their scary fancy dress costume participating in traditional Halloween games and challenges.
‘It’s a tiring but very exciting week’ said Mr Smith ‘Students this year have been excellent. The amount of positive feedback we have received has been fantastic!’.
‘We are already planning next year’s trip!’