Relaxation and Adventure at Dol-y-Moch

Congratulations to all of the students who visited Dol y Moch from 24th – 28th March. Some of the students had not been away from home before and, therefore, the visit was a huge challenge for them. They joined in with all of the activities and had a fabulous time. The relaxation group took part in Art and relaxation sessions, enjoying the Spring sunshine whilst drawing and painting.









The students enjoyed a Deep Mine Experience at Llechwedd Slate Mines. This was a guided tour which informed the students about the life of the mine workers in Victorian times.

One of the biggest challenges for students was canoeing. Some students had a huge fear of water and were unsure that they could participate in the activity; with lots of encouragement from staff and other students, they were able to conquer their fears and enjoyed the experience on the river.

The students (and staff!) faced challenges on the assault course, crossing wobbly bridges and cargo nets suspended over a slimy pond without anyone falling in!






Our final activity was looking for minibeasts in the rock pools at Criccieth beach followed by a much needed ice cream to finish off a wonderful visit to Dol y Moch.

Mrs Lewis, Mrs McKeown and Mrs Szokalo were so impressed by the standards of effort, enthusiasm and behaviour of all the students. Thank you all for being such amazing ambassadors for Corley Centre and we look forward to you joining us again next year.

Likewise, the adventure group took part in various challenges over the four day retreat. On the first day students were faced with conquering the Welsh mountain of Pen-y-Helgi-Du (833m above sea level). The team overcame personal challenges, pushed through the steep incline and made it to the top. The scenery was stunning and all the team felt very proud of their achievement.

The challenge on the second day was mountain biking. The team started off practicing their skills around the Dol-y-Moch practice tracks. Some students developed from not being able to ride at all, to being able to cycle solo. In the afternoon, the confident riders took on the challenge of Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Centre where they had to apply their skills on the Minotaur trail.

Kayaking and Gorge Walking were in store on the third day. The team took to the water and showed excellent team work in paddling kayaks around a lake. Even a few capsizes didn’t discourage the great fun had by all. The toasted marshmallows on the camp fire probably helped with the enjoyment too. The group finished by walking up waterfalls and scrambling over rocks in a river gorge. Yet more challenges overcome and perseverance that had been shown all day.

Mr Zinkus and Mr.Hind would like to share how proud they are of all the Adventure Team who took on the challenge of Dol-y-Moch. It was great to see how you bonded as a group and all developed your social skills and made better friendships. You all overcame personal challenges and had to show high levels of determination and bravery. We hope they can bring back the Dol-y-Moch motto, “Respect, Responsibility and Resilience”, and apply this to their school and home life.