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Tendring Road, Harlow, United Kingdom, CM18 6RN,

Sixth Form Residential

Belchamps Activity Centre

After arriving safely at Belchamps Activity Centre in Southend, we settled into our rooms. We enjoyed hot dogs for lunch and cake for dessert. 


We split into two groups for our first activities: Team Building and Mini Crossbows. After a dinner of spaghetti bolognaise, we then had a while for some free time. In the evening we did some funny races in our Mini Olympics, including racing like a chicken!

Mini Crossbow

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On Tuesday we started the day well with pancakes for breakfast. We had two activities in the morning; Demolition Derby and Bungee Run. After our hot dog lunch, we did bridge building and swing building and some groups did climbing and the traversing wall. For dinner we had a Cinema set up and we watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with some popcorn and sweets.

Bungee Run

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Demolition Derby

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Bridge Building

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Swing Building

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Traversing Wall

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Wednesday started out with scrambled eggs on toast. Our activities included Rifle Shooting, Crate Stacking, Water Zorbing, Gladiators and Shelter Building. For lunch we had a roast pork and gravy bap and for dinner we had barbecue meat with salad. In the evening, one group did Uni Hoc and the other did Boxing, before having our hot chocolate and biscuits before bed.

Rifle Shooting

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Crate Stacking

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Shelter Building

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Thursday’s breakfast was potato waffles and spaghetti hoops. We managed to fit in two activities in the morning before heading off to Southend for the Sea Life Centre. We had our packed lunch when we arrived and then went to see the fish and other animals. There were many different types of fish (we were on the look-out for Nemo and Dory in particular) as well as penguins, otters and meerkats. The rays poking their noses out of the top of the tanks were funny and the walk through tunnel with the sharks was exciting! After the Sea Life Centre, we walked along the sea front to one of the arcades, where the 2p machines were the most popular. Some people even managed to win a keyring or bracelet! We then went to the fish and chip restaurant where we ate outside and even got given some free doughnuts! It was then time to head back to Belchamps for our evening bonfire where we learnt lots of songs and dances (and everyone had a chance to “show us how you bungalow!”). We ate toasted marshmallows and icecream and the staff read out everyone’s award for the week (Superwoman of the week, Mother of the Week, Party Animal of the Week etc.)

Sea Life Centre

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Pedal Cars

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We started our last day with sausage and baked beans for breakfast. We did archery and pedal car racing before packing our bags and loading up the buses. We then had a cold buffet lunch before saying goodbye to our activity instructors and heading back to school.


It has been such a fantastic week and all the staff are really proud of how well the students have done. Everyone has been so polite, helpful and supportive to their friends as well as giving every activity a go and having fun. Well done Sixth Formers, it has been a pleasure!