- Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme
- Clubs & Activities
- Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
- School Trips
Canoeing is a popular sport at Monmouth School for Boys. The school pool, River Wye and a range of trips keep pupils of all ages engaged in this exciting outdoor pursuit. The Canoe Club makes several trips a year including a visit to the ever popular upper Usk – a playground of white water on which newly-learned skills are tested to the full.
Llangollen Kayak Trip 2021
Eighteen students at Monmouth School for Boys have taken part in an awe-inspiring kayaking trip to north Wales. It was a fantastic two-day trip with students split into two groups based on their ability. The boys’ confidence grew throughout in the glorious weather. In fact, the boys were complimented for their tremendous behaviour at the campsite and for their paddling ability and rescues on the water.
The advanced group from the school’s kayaking club tackled the River Tryweryn with a beginners’ group of Year 8s on the River Dee. Ben, from Year 9, and Sam, from Year 10, joined the older group on the Tryweryn and both tackled very big water with a smile. The older boys took turns to lead the group down different rapids. The younger group paddled several sections of the Dee and had a wonderful introduction to waves, stoppers and pour-overs.
Three parents also helped out, camped with the boys and joined the Dee kayaking group; the school was very grateful for their valuable support.
White Water in North Wales
Thirteen boys spent a broiling Half term weekend developing their kayaking skills on the white water of North Wales. An advanced group ran the grade IV section of the Tryweryn over Bala Falls and spent a challenging time on the slalom section of the National Whitewater Centre. A group of intermediates and beginners learned how to surf waves, evade stoppers , swim down rapids and swift-water rescue techniques in the friendlier waters of the Upper Dee. With a group of five Y10 and Y11 boys achieving their BCU Three Star award in February it has been a very active few months for the club.
Former Student in Great Britain Freestyle Kayak Team Selection
OM Richard Longley, took part in the Great Britain Freestyle Kayak Team selection process in the 2006 European Championships. This took place at the National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierepoint, Nottingham. He entered both the Junior Mens’ Kayak class and the Mens’ Canoe Class. Richard competed in six separate events and performed eighteen runs in three different water features. Richard won at the “Inlet Gate”, almost doubling his rival’s score. Overall he finished second in the Junior Class, securing him a place on the Great Britain team for the third year in a row.
Sixth Former, Ben, competed in freestyle competitions last summer and was selected for freestyle coaching by GB coaches. He is continuing to make great strides in the new sport. Other kayaking achievements are the participation of Matt (VI.2) in an expedition on the River Zansker in Norther India, and his brother (OM) Nick who helped lead an Oxford University expedition to Sir Lanka where several first descents were made.