Cradley Heath Academy Enjoys Activities Week In The Sun

Over 500 pupils from Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath have spent a week enjoying a wide and varied range of activities as part of enrichment sessions.

Activities week is a chance for students to participate in a variety of different experiences such as dodge-ball, bungee jumping, gladiators, javelin, rock climbing, laser tag, drag racing, graffiti art, stop-motion-animation, zorbing and many others. Zorbing involves trying to walk inside a large inflatable ball on water. It requires skill and a great deal of balance. Forge student Luca Brown age 14, said, “The week has been fun, challenging and exciting. It’s a good opportunity to face fears, do new things and get to know people better.”

Jack Rogers from The Outstanding Events Company who supplied many of the activities said, “All of the Forge students were very friendly and really got stuck in. We had a great week too and the weather was kind to us.”

Whilst many of the activities are split into student house competitions it is a week where participants from Years 7, 8 and 9 are rewarded for their hard work throughout the school year. Principal Andrew Burns said, “I don’t see it as a reward, it’s an entitlement that every student deserves.”

He added, “Great to see staff getting involved too. I enjoyed the Laser Tag, a team of teachers took on our Sixth Form volunteers and beat them. I’m looking forward to the rematch next year and I’m delighted we’ve had such a successful, sunny, happy week.”

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