SCORES of primary pupils from Flintshire had the opportunity to participate in a host of exciting activities designed to help their transition to high school in September.

Pupils from eleven schools in and around Holywell took part in the event at Glan-llyn Outdoor Activity Centre in Bala.

The annual Year 6 Glan-llyn Residential is organised by Ysgol Treffynnon and has proved highly successful over the years.

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It provides a valuable opportunity for pupils to get to know each other and mix with year 7 Ysgol Treffynnon students as well as their new form tutors, teaching staff and director of learning.

Almost 100 primary pupils and Ysgol Treffynnon students went on the trip. Teachers from some of the feeder primary schools also attended to help put pupils at ease and feel secure.

The residential adventure is intended to be a fun learning experience where pupils have the chance to undertake unusual and exciting activities in order to acquire new skills and learn about themselves.

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Pupils enjoyed activities such as rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, raft building, archery, and ten pin bowling. Under the guidance of their form tutors, groups of pupils also took part in a variety of ‘team building’ challenges to help them work together to develop skills and confidence.

Amber Evans, a former year 6 pupil at Ysgol Maes Y Felin, said: “I made lots of new friends from all different primary schools, it was amazing! I can't wait to start high school in September and see them all again.”

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Logan Bailey, a year 7 student at Ysgol Treffynnon, added: “In Glan-llyn we did lots of fun activities and made some new friends. I am looking forward to meeting the new year 7s in high school and helping them to settle in.”

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Rob Chesters, director of learning at Ysgol Treffynnon, organises the annual residential transition event. He said: “We had a brilliant time at Glan-llyn. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting to know each other in an informal and fun environment.

“We know from previous years that the residential trip makes an extremely positive difference to the year 6 pupils’ transition into year 7. It embeds their sense of belonging, security and relaxation in their first few weeks here at Ysgol Treffynnon, enabling a more effective start to their learning.

“After another fantastic residential, we look forward to welcoming them all in September.”

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