Hundred Skill-Up Week

Monday 3rd July 2023

Skill-Up week marks the end of the Lower School journey for the Hundred. The programme delivers a range of experiences that provide a challenging and enjoyable end to the academic year. For this year’s Skill-Up week, we had over 120 pupils from the Hundred involved in various activities that tested the physical, mental and social skills of each and every one of them!

A dedicated group of pupils made the decision to sign up to one of the accredited courses: Lifesaving, Fitness Instructor Level 2 and LTA Tennis coaching. A big thank you to Martin Shaw, Connor Hetherton and Martin Wright for managing these courses so well throughout the week. In addition to this, a cooking course was delivered to two groups where they learnt to make everything for chow mein to curry and flapjacks to brownies.

The week started with a relaxed picnic style BBQ in the Common Room Garden where a briefing for the week was given. The main events programme started off with a bang as the Nitro Athletics activity got underway, seeing 70 pupils take part in a series of modified athletics events to win points for their group. In the evening, we were treated to a pub quiz lead by our legendary quiz host, Richard Willmett, who forced the brain cogs to turn on multiple occasions. Will Molyneux and Bryony Woods kindly offered to take a group of cricketers to Lord’s for a stadium tour followed by a T20 match at the Oval which was great fun.

The following day we welcomed Wise Up, a London based group activity company specialising in teambuilding events. Pupils continued to compete in their groups, taking part in 36 mentally gruelling challenges that tested their “think outside the box” skills. We witnessed some excellent leadership during this event and all groups managed to complete every task. The highlight of the week came in the form of David Penn, a magician and illusionist, well known for his time on Britain’s Got Talent and winner of the close-up magician of the year award. Magicians buy tricks off him… that’s how good he is! David performed a mesmerising show, with sleight of hand tricks and illusions that left everyone speechless – although the next day nobody could stop talking about him!

Wise Up returned for a second day to test our groups on their ability to design a product, work to a budget and then produce a finished item. This time, a catapult. Teams were tasked with creating the best catapult, capable of firing water balloons the furthest distance. On a hot Thursday afternoon, exploding water balloons were exactly what everyone needed. Our final evening of the week at the Pavilion was certainly a memorable evening. Pupils were dressed to impress in black tie, and they all looked fantastic. The food was exceptional and the mocktails went down a treat. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening, with the weather, food and entertainment all working perfectly together.

The final day of Skill-Up week consisted of a 100-foot inflatable assault course, total wipe-out inflatable balls, bungee inflatable obstacles and delicious pulled pork burgers and ice-creams: the perfect way to round off the end of the week and indeed the end of Lower School.

Marc-Antony Eysele
Head of Hundred

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