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Rewards for your school children.

GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS WITH GORILLA ALEXANDRA PALACE

As any teacher knows, rewarding your tribe for a job well done, whether that involves academic achievement, excellent behaviour or attempting something they initially found daunting is a helpful tactic to keep motivation sky high. A juicy dangling carrot at the end of an arduous task can provide just the boost a student might need in order to pull their best efforts out of the bag!

Getting to know your tribe

The key to choosing the right rewards to offer your class is to remember that each little monkey is an individual with their own unique personality. For the greatest chance of your reward system working, you want to have a variety of rewards to pull into play that suit the different personality types of your tribe. After all, variety is the spice of life!

Whilst it’s impossible to stick students into neat little categories, the acclaimed Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test can suggest whether a student is more of an extrovert or an introvert in the way they focus their attention and get their energy. This can help you choose the rewards they might respond best to.

Extroverts have more of a tendency to gain an energy boost from interaction with the world around them, focus on making connections with others, prefer to learn through actions, and can feel drained by spending too much time alone.

Introverts may prefer to boost their energy from within,“ from their own ideas, thoughts and feelings. They may feel drained by too much time spent around others, prefer to focus on fostering a few close friendships, and may like to learn through observations.

Tree Top Junior School Trips

Rewards which might match

In the moment€™ rewards such as public praise in the classroom or displaying the student’€™s name on a poster as €˜student of the week€™ might appeal to the more extroverted amongst your clan, those who are happy to step into the limelight and enjoy their chance to shine! They might also respond well to formal assemblies where they can receive certificates and enjoy the applause.

In comparison, the more introverted student might die a little inside at the idea of all those eyes watching them receive their award. Token rewards that represent value such as house points that contribute towards a greater prize, or individual points that could be traded in for rewards such as free time, might be a better idea.

Go Ape for schools

Of course, one of the most memorable rewards you can offer your students is the opportunity to try something new, and our adventurous school trip packages at Go Ape offer the chance to do just that! We offer both primary and senior school packages at affordable prices and our range of activities will appeal to a wide variety of students, from those happy to quietly swing their way through the treetops, soaking up the scenery of the great outdoors, to those who want all eyes on them as they let out their loudest Tarzan yell and leap from one of our high platforms!

To treat your students to a unique and rewarding day out as well as boost their skills in communication and self-confidence, speak to one of our hairy team today!

Our Tree Top Juniors Get Arty

Tree Top Junior Art
Nothing makes us smile here at Banana HQ quite like receiving some hand drawn photos from our Tree Top Juniors!
We wont talk to too much because as the saying goes ‘a picture says a thousand words’
So without further ado heres some of the amazing pieces we receive …

Kids drawing 23

This little Tarzan was obviously having a fun filled day getting to experience both the Zip Wire and Segway’s!

Kids drawing 1

This little Baboon must have been listening to the safety briefing as they identified all the correct equipment in their drawing!

Kids drawing 22

We appreciated the action shot in this one and of course the feedback!Kids drawing 21

This cheeky little Baboon found the course easy, they better come back and try the Tree Top Adventure next time then!

Kids drawing 20

By this little ones note it seems like we have a dare devil in the making …
Kids drawing 19

Chelsea has set her sights to come back and try the ‘adult’ zip line next time and we couldn’t be more encouraging – we are waiting for you Chelsea!Kids drawing 18

This drawing depicts the way you should tackle the zip wire, hands in the air with a smile on your face!

Kids drawing 17

This young artist has heaps of potential as they have really captured the scene as you descend down our zip wire from the sky!

Kids drawing 16

Charlie had fun on the zip wire which isn’t a big shock to us at all!

Kids drawing 15

It looks as if this little Tarzan is hugging a huge banana after their visit to Go Ape!

Kids drawing 14

Another lovely drawing capturing multiple crossings!

 

Kids drawing 13

Deimante has brought her adventure drawing to life with an injection of colour!

Kids drawing 11

This little Baboon has a favourite crossing and we have to agree the noughts and crosses are one of our personal favourites!

Kids drawing 10

Max, age 6, had a fun time and also depicted the noughts and crosses!

Kids drawing 9

Again we are loving the colour in this one!

Kids drawing 8

Mia who joined us from Norwich School found the trip both educational and hard work!

Kids drawing 6

This young Tarzan found the course scary

Kids drawing 5

This one thinks that they are now a monkey

Kids drawing 4

This detailed drawing and review has left a smile on our faces!

Kids drawing 3 Kids drawing 2

The above two drawings were completed by the same little artist and they have included their whole family and friends in this colourful canvas

If one of your little Baboons has drawn Go Ape a picture then we would love to see it …

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93 Year Old Raymond Tackles Go Ape Crathes Castle

Raymond Go Ape Crathes Castle

Raymond Zip WireWe love an inspirational tale here at Banana HQ. Every now and again we hear about something so fantastic, that we have to rise from our seats and applaud. Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win. Tim Peake’s historic space landing. That dog from Southend who can skateboard.

But a few weeks ago, we heard a story that really knocked us sideways.

When Louise Finlayson decided to celebrate her 21st birthday at Go Ape Crathes Castle, her grandpa Raymond was determined to not miss out on the fun.

Reminding us that age really is just a number, 93-year-old Raymond became the oldest ever Tribesman to take on a Go Ape course. The inspirational nonagenarian enjoyed every second of his visit, completing both the zip wire and the Tarzan swing.

Raymond said: “I don’t think age should ever be a barrier and I am always keen to try something new. Now that I have been to Go Ape and know what to expect I will be better prepared for my next visit, when I am planning on completing the rest of the course.”

Wow. Here’s to Raymond, and all the other adventurous silverbacks out there reminding us that there is no limit to the human spirit.

Adventure is available for apes of all ages over one metre tall. Book your next forest experience.

The forest floor is calling…

Forest Segway Go Ape

What’s that?

Can you hear it?

It’s the forest floor…calling your name!

Think back to the last time you visited a forest what did you do? Did you hit some mountain bike trails with your buds? Did you build a den with your kids? Did you take a leisurely stroll through the trees, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings?

The forest is a fantastic place to be. Yes, we’re biased, but we love nothing more than to escape to a woody retreat. Forests are natural sanctuaries; they provide a peaceful place to take some time out from our hectic lives and just be.

Modern-day life moves fast, but we all need to slow down every once in a while. And there’s really no better place to take it easy than in the depths of the forest, where the air is clean and crisp and there isn’t an electric socket in sight!

So, now that we’ve sold a trip to the forest to you, here’s another suggestion: when you visit, why not explore the wonders of the woodland in a brand new way? Leave your bike at home, give your legs a rest, and instead hop aboard one of our all-terrain Segways!

The latest in green technology, our electric Segways will take you off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe. After a quick how-to from one of us, you’ll be free to roam and immerse yourself in the forest.Go Ape Segway Experience

You’ll find yourself navigating everything from simple, flat paths to more testing, rugged trials. You’ll skilfully weave yourself in and out of the tree trunks. You’ll climb hills and descend them. You’ll feel the crunch when you roll over bracken and twigs, and hear the slush when you roll through mud.

Now, if you’re a Segway newbie, it’ll take you a few minutes to get to grips with the machine. It could feel a little strange to begin with, but you’ll soon get into the swing or shall we say, roll? of things. You’ll quickly master the art of balance; and when we’re 100% certain that you have, we’ll send you on your way!

A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience costs just £35 and is available at select courses across the UK. Riders need to be at least 10 years old and a minimum of 7 stone. Make sure you wear flat, closed-toe shoes for your adventure, and be sure to pack some gloves if it’s chilly!

The forest is calling your name…come on down and cruise its floors!

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