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Teenfest

For the past sixteen years, the Service for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children has organised an annual trip for hearing aided children from Secondary Schools across Sheffield.

On 21st and 22nd May, six students from Hinde House Secondary Phase attended this year’s event - a two day, overnight camp, based at Thornbridge Outdoors near Bakewell, Derbyshire.

The students from Hinde House travelled by minibus to meet up with the other students at Silverdale School. The party of thirty eight then boarded the service bus into Sheffield and then onto another bus out to Bakewell. A bit of a squash on a single decker!

Once in Bakewell, we had a drinks stop at the agricultural centre before walking along the traffic-free Monsal Trail - a distance of about three miles. At Thornbridge, after a packed lunch, we split into groups with one going cycling further along the Monsal Trail, through the tunnels and over the Monsal Head viaduct. The other group completed the high ropes challenge, which involved climbing up high trees and scramble nets. These activities involved great team co-operation, communication and support and was thoroughly enjoyed by both students and staff. The rest of the day was spent sorting out tents, getting to know new friends, football, tea, a campfire and finally to bed in the tepees!

After a very early morning wake up, Thursday involved another cycling group going out on the trail, a photography and art group and also orienteering around the Thornbridge site. The event closed with the groups altogether for a presentation of certificates, before various minibuses returned the students to their schools.

[Anne Wilson - Event Organiser and Teacher of the Deaf]

Article Published : 29/5/2015