“To adventure in the natural environment is consciously to take up a challenge that will demand the best of our capabilities - physically, mentally and emotionally. It is a state of mind that will initially accept unpleasant feelings of fear, uncertainty and discomfort, and the need for luck, because we instinctively know that, if we are successful, these will be counterbalanced by opposite feelings of exhilaration and joy.
In all cases you, the person in the situation, are being challenged to the best of your abilities. If you have given your genuine best, and either overcome the challenge or retreated with dignity through skill and experience rather than luck alone, then you have had one of the greatest experiences of your life. You have had a ‘peak experience’ with feelings almost indescribable and beyond those common to normal and routine living. Ultimately life is about feelings, those that are concerned with the joy of living, rather than the anxieties of modern existence.”
The Adventure Alternative, Colin Mortlock, 1984
Mortlock’s words sum up what it is we are trying to achieve here at Bryanston in the field of Outdoor Education.
We highly value the benefits that our outdoor education programme brings to pupils’ development. It is possible for them to transfer the emotional strength gained during these activities and use the experiences to their advantage in meeting and overcoming the challenges that they face at school and in everyday life, whether that is striving for higher grades, forging supportive and productive relationships with others or engaging with the world around them. In essence outdoor education makes us all stronger, more resilient and more likely to achieve our full potential in life.
Consent forms and detailed information for current parents are available in the Parent Area.
There are many opportunities for pupils to experience an adventure during their time here, developing life skills and enjoying memorable times; after all, it’s often what happens outside the classroom that we remember most from our school days.