Skiing in Japan! Diving in the Philippines! What could be better than that, you ask? AYP of course!
Through the course of Activity Week, Year 9 was privileged to have this amazingly luxurious experience! Five star drop toilets coupled with a free safari (with interactive animals chewing holes through tents) and Michelin starred meals. This journey trekking across Sai Kung, up and down mountains, truly left us with deeply imprinted memories… along with marks on our backs from the 15kg packs.
Day 1 & 2 saw us getting acquainted with our group leaders at Outward Bound as well as figuring out the best way to work together as a group. We also got to learn various navigation and teamwork skills to prepare us for the actual test that began the next day. On Day 3, my group and I truly got to appreciate the luxury of the toilets we had on the previous 2 nights, with us camping out in the middle of nowhere.
Day 4 had us battle-hardened trekkers easily finish the assigned 20km of the route. Finally, on Day 5, the much anticipated jetty jump welcomed us as we washed out the grime and dirt of sweaty teenagers who had gone the entire week without a shower.
Through this AYP experience, from the doubt of our cooking skills to huffing and puffing up steep mountains, we called on all of our skills as individuals and as a group to create a successful and memorable experience for all of us.
Once receiving our certificate of completion from the Outward Bound crew, I knew that everyone had learnt something and worked together with people they would never have talked to outside of AYP. Riding the bus back to school, I was definitely looking forward to the pleasure of a hot shower and easily accessible toilets, however, I knew I would also miss all the jokes and humour passed around in my AYP group.
On behalf of Year 9, I would like to thank all the teachers and Outward Bound coordinators and instructors for making this Activity Week a safe and thoroughly enjoyable experience. Lastly, I would like to thank all the people in my group for the privilege of working together with such a social and collaborative team.
P.S. Year 9’s next year… good luck, you’ll need it!
Elizabeth Lai | Year 9E Student