Alanbrooke Team Building (March 2010)
With the UVI away on Exercise in Wales, Alanbrooke LVI prepared for an awesome weekend of team building and bonding with a bit of competition thrown in. We were split into four groups of 7 and undertook a number of different challenges to discover who was the best team.
On Friday night, we started the competition with an icebreaker exercise where we each had to write three statements about ourselves, two true and one false. As a team we then had to work out which one was false and which two were true. As you can imagine we learnt all manner of crazy facts about each other from this exercise! The next challenge was to build a freestanding tower out of newspaper. The highest tower would win the competition, but this task was actually more about communication than who could sculpt the greatest tower. There was an element of cheating going on as the teams desperately wanted the points from this challenge, but the cheaters were unrewarded and ended up in last place. Next was the chocolate challenge in which, after rolling a six on the dice, you had to attempt to eat chocolate with a knife and fork while wearing gloves, a hat and a scarf. This task turned more into a chocolate feast than a challenge with only one team abiding by the rules from start to finish! We were then told that each team had to write a jingle, make a motto, write a limerick, decide upon the five best things in the House and list Alanbrooke’s greatest achievements in preparation for Saturday night - we were all assigned positions and roles and got underway with our tasks.
Saturday afternoon was spent on the high ropes working as a team in some pretty scary situations. The task was to complete the Jacobs Ladder and the Totem Pole in the fastest time possible. Everyone encouraged each other all the way through, even though it was pretty obvious from some facial expressions that certain people weren’t feeling particularly comfortable. Then Saturday night came and brought with it the big event. Each team was given a different event to plan - they had to write a speech, make a cake, supply music, give a present and create an invitation. With an hour and a half ticking on the clock all teams began working upon their events, then we headed back to the common room to listen to the limericks and the jingles from Friday night’s task. It was obvious that some teams had put more time into their acts than others and the crowd were overtaken by Team C’s rendition of “Wonderwall” in which the whole room was singing about Alanbrooke being the best House and Portland common room looking like an airport. The competition was also heated up by the beautiful limerick about Alanbrooke hero’s Mandy and Sharon.
We then progressed onto the main event where we were invited to a wedding, a retirement, a 60th birthday party and a school reunion. Technical difficulties, priests and name confusion made all these sketches hysterical and very difficult to judge. There were some questionable speeches and some even more questionable cakes but each team put in maximum effort which definitely showed. We then had drinks and food, turned up the music and the common room was transformed into one big party. The winning team was then announced - team C! It wasn’t just about the number of points though, it was more about the ability of being able to work together, which every single team had managed to demonstrate throughout the weekend. A big thank you to Ma’am Simpkin and Ed for organising such a good weekend and Josh, Mr Cunliffe and Ma’am Burgess for sitting through all our performances!
Emily Stone, Alanbrooke 09E