So, it’s been a week since most of us went to Lido Lakes for our Residential and now’s the time that I reflect upon my own experiences I had during the residential.
I’d say the thing that stood out the most to me that 12A did together as a class was the Raft Building. Not just because we lost a barrel when we set sail and not because we lost another barrel half-way through (much to the amusement of our peers), but because of how we managed to finish the challenge despite the problems we faced. We did end up grabbing the flag from the middle of the river and rowing and pushing ourselves back to shore mostly intact despite most of our fears of sinking.
The other thing that stood out to me was the Callie Dancing, which was the last evening activity of the trip. I had seen Callie Dances performed before in events like the Round Square Conference, but I hadn’t realised that it was so physically taxing. By the end of the dancing, most of us were on the ground tired and had to drag ourselves back to our rooms. It’s definitely given me a new respect for the dance and more importantly, I thought that it brought everyone in Year 12 just that little bit closer together to each other.
If I had to name someone who surprised me during the trip, it would have to be Tim from 12B. Normally, he is a much quieter person who generally keeps to himself most times. However, during the trip, I feel like he’s really opened up to the people around him and has made some new friends as well. From what I’ve seen, he’s become a lot more comfortable interacting with other people over time and this residential has been a major stepping stone for his growth.
This was a much shorter post than my normal post but I hope you enjoyed it all the same. Overall, the residential was a great experience which I feel has brought everyone closer, kind of like a family.
Anyway, that’s about it from me. Have a good night!