Shell OA Week

Monday 19th June 2023

From abseiling down sheer rock faces to climbing the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, no challenge was too great for pupils on Shell OA Week.

A total of 187 Shell pupils had the opportunity to round off their first year at Marlborough by taking part in the Outdoors Activities trip.

On Sunday 11th June, the Shell departed the College in House groups to stay in bunkhouses in the Brecon Beacons, the Gower Peninsular and North Wales.

Pupils adhered to the ‘no tech’ rule for the duration of the trip, leaving their mobile phones behind in order to focus on challenges aimed at building teamwork and self-confidence. Activities included abseiling, caving, gorge walking and rock climbing as well as a challenging two-day trek.

OA Week has been a popular fixture in the calendar at Marlborough College for over 20 years and is a vital step in the development of those who take part.

Russ Tong, Marlborough College’s Head of Outdoor Activities, said: “This year’s OA Week was another success and I would like to thank all pupils and staff who took part in and supported the array of activities. Pupils actively engaged in the challenges and, just as importantly, engaged and communicated with their peers in environments that they may not have been familiar with.

“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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