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Make Moves 2017 - Reaching New Heights
Published: 26 Jun 2017
On Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd June, we ran our annual Make Moves activity project for local year 6 pupils.
Make Moves works with 11 year old primary school pupils transitioning into secondary school. We took 150 students from more than 40 Primary schools in scorching conditions to Mile End Urban Adventure Base for a day of outdoor activities with the children who will become their new classmates in September.
The aim of the project is to give local children opportunities to try new things and break out of their comfort zones, building their confidence and self-esteem by challenging them to reach new heights.
The Year 6’s are not the only ones stepping out of their comfort zone on Make Moves, year 8 pupils on Make it! were volunteers on the project and mentored the year 6’s who will be joining their secondary school. They demonstrated the leadership skills and confidence which they have developed during the Make it! mentoring programme.
Despite the intense heat, many of the young people tried activities such as kayaking, archery and rock climbing for the first time and this year we introduced a new activity, CaveBus! Cavebus is a formidable, simulated caving experience with dark, narrow, winding caves all contained inside an everyday bus.
The groups also built bottle rockets in a race to the sky and worked together in a series of team challenges which encouraged them to build friendships with their future classmates.
If you would like to get involved in our youth projects and help a young person who could benefit from a consistent and supportive relationship with an adult, find out how you can become a volunteer mentor on Make it!