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Djanogly Students Develop grit, determination and team work

After a long bus journey, the bus hitting several trees and Omar being sick the whole way – Literally 5 full bags!! we finally settled down for a quick tour of the farm and a beautiful meal prepared for us by the lovely staff.

The morning rounds consisted of getting up at 7:30 am to feed the; chickens, cows, goats, horses, sheep and dogs.

After breakfast each morning the group were split into smaller ‘working groups’ to work in different areas around the farm. These consisted of; wood chopping, horse work, gardening, farm maintenance, herding sheep and preparing food. The students attitude and dedication to each session was unbelievable and the staff on Jamie’s farm were amazed at how amazing the students were and how much care and attention they provided at each session.

On Wednesday afternoon everyone hiked for several hours in the pouring rain through a forest – I honestly couldn’t believe we all made it. The students attitude and dedication to reach the top was nothing short of truly inspirational. Every single student made it to the end, the only school to manage it for several months. The walk was made even more magical by seeing 16 deer running through the forest J

After hot showers, games and another amazing dinner it was time to sleep and prepare for our final day on the farm. Throughout Thursday the students continued to show a fantastic attitude, grit, perseverance, resilience and passion towards each area on the farm and continued to amaze Jamie’s farm staff. Throughout the day and evening each student had to give ‘shout outs’ to other students for their fantastic efforts throughout the day.

The trip suddenly came to an end and it was time to return to DCA. Each and every student loved their experience on the farm and will be taking away fantastic memories that will last with them for a life time.

Every activity was there to challenge the students in some way. They each had to overcome something that they wouldn't have believed possible before being on the farm. Whether that was a fear of certain animals, a fear of cleaning the animals out, a fear of heights on the mountain or just to keep on preserving through everything. Each student showed a high level of enthusiasm to everything and just kept going no matter how hard. They all pulled together and worked as a team to do every single thing. Even when faced with things out of the teams hands they just kept on finding new things to test themselves, which made for not only a truly fantastic experience but an inspiring team.

February 2019


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