Year 11 Conway Maths Residential
23rd-24th January

It’s that time of the year again – Conway time!

For the fifth year running Year 11 set off on the journey to Anglesey for a weekend of maths, team building and outdoor pursuits. Resident driver Neil and the Walkden staff were on top form during the journey keeping the girls amused over the microphone; Mr Phelan became MC Phelan! Big shout out to the ‘Swag Squad’! We arrived at the Conway Centre around 7 p.m.

There was time a for a short ghost film via You Tube. Some of the girls got more than they bargained for with the occasional fright thrown in! Then we headed outside to the tepee where the inclement weather allowed Melissa Edwards to demonstrate her fine knowledge of language devices while walking through the mud. “Squelch! That’s onomatopoeia!’ she exclaimed.

Friday’s word of the day: onomatopoeia.

Now it was time for night-lining. The girls were split into two teams captained by Penny Roberts and Jenny Hargreaves and led through the woods navigating precarious obstacles and treacherous terrain. Penny and Jenny played their rolls perfectly, marshalling their troops and warning them of imminent threats. However, there was little they could do to avoid the aquatic hazards!

We returned to base cold, tired and wet, but freshened up and had some well-deserved downtime. Mr Norton provided the tunes while he, Mr Phelan, Miss Tye and Miss Clitherow had a ‘sit down party’ according to the girls.
Miss Tye set the standard for getting up on Saturday rising at 6.30am with the rest of us following soon after. Our briefing before breakfast provided us with Saturday’s word of the day thanks to Miss Clitherow and Rebecca Trott.

Saturday’s word of the day: fatigue.

Saturday consisted of revision and the high ropes activities outside so we needed some fuel to keep us going till dinner time. Studying delights such as surds and histograms can take its toll so we readily consumed our sausages, bacon and eggs. Year 11 were on top form throughout the day during revision and leisure sessions. We also had the added bonus of the dynamic Mrs Davies making an appearance.

Walkden High School always receives positive comments and praise from the Conway Centre staff and this time was no different. All the girls behaved impeccably with excellent attitudes at all times.

They weren’t just Walkden STARS, they were Walkden SUPERSTARS!

Well done and remember, what happens in Conway, stays in Conway!

Mr Norton, Mr Phelan, Miss Tye, Miss Clitherow, Mrs Davies

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