Student Christmas Lunch Menu

  A delicious Christmas lunch for students takes place on Wednesday 12th December.  

Headteacher Award for Excellence

I’m very privileged every year to present 12 students in Years 7-10 with the Headteacher Award.  T...

The N5 Project

We were very excited to have been awarded a grant of £29,500 from The Savoy Education Trust allowi...

Art Exhibition

On Thursday 14th June (4.00pm – 6.00pm), the Art Department will open its doors to show the work o...

Art in Action

Artist Lecture Visit at the Institute of Education: On Wednesday 7th March 2018, six A Level phot...

  • Student Christmas Lunch Menu

  • Headteacher Award for Excellence

  • The N5 Project

  • Art Exhibition

  • Art in Action

Thursday 26th June saw 19 students assemble with fully packed rucksacks (well nearly) and with the ‘unfriendly’ looking weather forecast there was an element of trepidation in the air, followed swiftly by the plaintive cry of “Miss, I appear to have left my waterproofs at home…..”.  So after a quick detour to the boathouse for a spare set and the convoy was off, Mrs Pickett with her minibus full, Mr Eddleston with his and Mr Lawson with a van full of very quiet rucksacks!

 

After a steady journey, and the obligatory service station stop, we arrived at Dan Yr Ogof show-caves, and the afternoon’s torrential rain was still nowhere to be seen as groups pitched their tents and eagerly awaited the arrival of the rain their mountain leaders for the next few days.  A short foray into the surrounding hills to awaken rusty navigation skills and legs, and the rain arrived, just a gentle drizzle at first, but soon becoming relentless, dinner was cooked swiftly as staff left the students huddling in tents for the night (completely unaware that the students resourcefulness had located a drying room….).

 

And so the expedition began in earnest the next morning, with staff arriving at the first checkpoint, Greg the assessor heading off on his mountain bike to see as much of the groups as possible, while staff took a walk along their route to ‘bump’ into them, the rain, thunderstorms and lightening were currently nowhere to be seen….. Two groups were seen and chatted with, Greg then commenting that he had not seen the third……nothing to worry about, we are used to this, then the phone rang…….”ummm Miss, we have got a bit lost, well not lost, we know where we are, but we took a wrong turn and are now nearly in camp” – it was only lunchtime!  A swift reroute and they were back on their way, and then the heavens opened!  We expected the next group to arrive in a sodden state, but no, they had taken shelter in a cave! (good thinking lads!) And the other group had taken shelter in their group shelter (the training really does pay off).  By 7pm they were all settled in camp and ready for a good night’s sleep, and were surprisingly dry……

 

Day two’s forecast was truly horrific, thunder, lightning and torrential downpours, so in an effort to make the students feel supported Greg was once again out on his bike, while Mrs Pickett and Jen headed over the mountain to meet them on foot.  The rain came in once, and Mrs Pickett was criticised by one group “every time we see you it rains….”, OK ladies, I can take a hint!  Little did they know they were spared the monsoon like rain which hit the valley they were heading into, threatening to flood the main road (watched from the comfort of a minibus by Mr Eddleston and Mr Lawson) and once again the groups descended the hill dry and were all in camp by 5pm (unheard of on Gold D o E).

 

Day three dawned brighter, with a much more promising forecast, and all three groups successfully summited the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons (Pen Y Fan at 886m) followed by a long and gentle descent into the valley, boots were wet, but sunburn was now the enemy as one group interviewed the mountain rescue team as part of their project.  Once again they were all in camp by 5pm – the product of good training and strong teams.

 

Day four once again dry and sunny as the groups set off, knowing the worst was behind them and they were on their way home, talk often now turns to what to eat on the way home and what to have for dinner that isn’t cooked on a trangia with a probable helping of chorizo…..staff arrived at the only checkpoint of the day to find the first group arriving, telling tales of the field full of miniature horses, this we heard from each group, with it being called the ‘best bit of the expedition, except Andy face-planting the bog!’  And then came the hardest bit of navigation – Crickhowell town centre, every group had assistance from a local!

 

Once again the persistence, tenacity and humour displayed by our students makes me proud to be part of Therfield’s Duke of Edinburgh team, one student has spent the run up to the expedition with nervous anticipation, along with lots of “what if I can’t” phrases, well you most definitely can and you did!  

 

Well done to all 19 students and a massive thank you to Mr Eddleston and Mr Lawson for giving up their time to support them.