By Daria Besedina, Jaynee Franz, Sophie Kunze and Leonie Kurz
On Wednesday we went tree climbing. Before we left the hostel we divided ourselves up into groups, which was pretty chaotic because the students had to do it themselves. During our walk to the climbing trees we saw a beautiful landscape around us. When we arrived, there were many interesting plants and we saw giant mushrooms! After that everyone took out their mats and looked for a place to sit and eat their lunch. Then Philipp explained the climbing gear to us and how to use it.
Many of us were afraid of heights. Even the teachers! Nevertheless, we all dared to try it. One group came up to about five meters and then had to climb down because one team member was too afraid. But that was not so bad because firstly you can’t force people to do something they don’t want to do and secondly: We are all one team!
Nevertheless, it was fun. Mr. Nikelski climbed up again with the rest of the team. But when a child got scared of heights at about 30 meters, this team had to go down for the last time. After that, this team broke up. One team member went swinging, another one started eating, but a few people still wanted to climb. They formed a new team and climbed up a tree that was chopped off above. They wanted to sit on top of it and almost made it. Unfortunately they got stuck two meters below the top of the tree.
Another team of guys went climbing with Mrs. Bohnet and Mr. Binanzer. They were also terrified of heights and did not want to go at first. However, after the students persuaded them, they climbed. After a while the two teachers wanted to go down again. Too late! They had agreed to take part! One boy started laughing, another said: “We only let them climb down if they give us all As!” Unfortunately, the boys couldn’t do that because, as I said: We are all one team!
Half of the class was very tired and wanted to go back to the Albläufer hostel. Then we saw that two mushrooms had been uprooted by some boys. That wasn’t very nice. The other half of the class wanted to stay because they weren’t tired and wanted to go on climbing the trees. On the way back we were all very excited. When the other half of the class came home, we discussed our day in the seminar room.
We asked the class what they like most about the day. The categories were:
· tree climbing
· the walk back
· the scenery
· the way the groups were divided up
Three kids said they liked going back to the hostel most. One student thought the group division was best and one pupil preferred the scenery. As expected, 18 kids liked tree climbing most.