7 September 2018
During the last week of the summer holidays, 59 West Hill boys travelled to the south of France for the annual Rockley Watersports trip at the La Rive centre.
After the overnight coach and ferry journey, we arrived at the site at 8am, upon which we had breakfast followed by an introduction by the Rockley staff, before hitting the water for the first time.
Over the week, boys took part in many new activities, which they would never have done before. As well as kayaking and windsurfing on their own, they worked in groups to rig and sail a catamaran across the lake upon which the site was situated.
On our day out, we went to the nearby Aqualand waterpark, enjoying the exciting rides that were on offer. After that, boys donned harnesses to try themselves on the high ropes challenge, chanelling their inner Tarzan as they jumped, swung and climbed across the courses.
We visited Biscarrosee-Plage on one evening, with boys buying souvenirs, practicing their French and enjoying a crepe or waffle.
One of the highlights of the trip is always the ‘French Affair’, where boys have the opportunity to sample some authentic local cuisines. Despite initial apprehension boys were soon tucking into garlic snails, frogs legs and mussels.
After a final day of raft-building and mountain biking, it was back on the coach for the long journey home. It was yet another successful Rockley trip, with boys having a fun-filled and exciting week from start to finish.
Report by Mr Lawton