Year 9 go wild in Pembrokeshire

October 1, 2019

The weather this year was very kind to the 96 Y9 boys and accompanying staff who made the journey to Pwll Caerog Farm in Pembrokeshire (near St David’s) for three days of exciting activities and peer bonding. This year we were finally able to sea-kayak from Porthclais together with coasteering from the cliffs at St Non’s and surfing at Whitesands Bay.

Back at Celtic Camping there were evening activities after we had made short work of the delicious and plentiful food at dinner.  The accommodation – dormitory ‘bunkhouse’ style –  on the farm gave the boys the chance to make new friends within their year group and it was brilliant to witness the team work and the endless encouragement. Overcoming personal fears, rising to new challenges, showing resilience and leading and motivating team mates were just some of the qualities that blossomed during this trip.

Leaving School just after 2 pm on the Tuesday, we started our journey to the coast, arriving in time to allocate dorm rooms, have a tasty supper and get some important briefing from Celtic Camping staff and TYF, the activity provider.
At the start of each day, the boys began with the all-important cereals, toast and a hearty cooked breakfast which set them up for their activities and the rest of the day.
On our final morning, the boys took part in an orienteering activity around the farm and coast.  At midday, we thanked Celtic Camping, said our goodbyes to everyone at TYF and headed back to Monmouth School.

This was a great trip and memories of the activities, shared experiences, wonderful weather and beautiful scenery will stay with us for a very long time. Thanks must go to Miss Creak, Miss Williams, Mrs Atherton, Callum Basset-Jones and Adam Smith for all their help and support in making this trip so successful. I am also very grateful to Mr Dorman for accompanying us on the Tuesday and staying overnight, Dr Daniel and the Rev Swartz for participating in the sea-kayaking and being with us on the Wednesday night and Mr Owens for coasteering with the boys and help on the Thursday night.
Written by Mr Griffin, Trip Organiser