Shell OA Week

Monday 4th July 2022

From leaping off sheer rock faces to scaling the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, no challenge was too great for pupils on Marlborough College OA Week.

All of the 180+ pupils in the Shell had the opportunity to round off their first year at the College by participating in the Outdoors Activities trip.

The week saw pupils head off in House groups to stay in bunkhouses in the Brecon Beacons, the Gower Peninsular and North Wales.

Whilst there, pupils agreed to abandon their mobile phones in order to focus on challenges aimed at building teamwork and self-confidence. Activities included sailing, rock climbing, caving, gorge walking, hiking and overnight camping.

OA Week has been a popular fixture in the calendar at Marlborough College for decades and is a vital step in the development of those who take part.

Russ Tong, Marlborough College’s Head of Outdoor Activities, said: “It was wonderful to see OA Week in full swing, especially in such glorious weather. The week provides a chance to be away from technology and from the pressures that many young people are under, and to just be themselves and to get to know their friends even better.

“The confidence and learning experience that they get from the activities is something we hope stays with them and stands them in good stead throughout their time at the College.”

We hope you enjoy this gallery of the week.

Russ Tong
Head of OA

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