At the weekend, 23 intrepid students from Year 11 and Sixth Form set off very early to the remote side of the Lakes on Cleator Moor at Ennerdale.
These students are going on an exciting expedition in the summer to Indonesia: Java & Bali, where they will be doing a cultural phase assisting in a local community, a challenging trekking phase up some of the Javanese volcanoes, and also a diving phase, culminating in an open water PADI qualification.
This training weekend is their first time away as two teams, accompanied by Mr Walker, Mr McGarry and Miss Furness and they met up with two external expedition leaders from World Challenge. The students learned plenty about what to expect from expedition life, including cooking their own food, packing sensibly and so on, as well as specifics for their destination: Malaria information, water purifying, appropriate clothing (both for climate and culturally sensitive), logistics of travelling and budget management. They looked in detail at the different roles they will take on as the student leaders, running their own, unbooked, expedition, giving them life travel skills and an emotional awareness of each other and their environment and other cultures.
Some very wet and tired but excited students returned yesterday evening. Good humour was still abound which promises to make a strong and positive Indonesian experience for all in the summer!
The students across Y11-13 displayed excellent maturity throughout a variety of challenges and worked extremely well together in some hostile conditions.
Well done everyone.