Well done to everyone for rising to the challenge and completing your practice expedition in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Your supervisors and myself are looking forward to seeing you complete the actual expedition in the Peak District in July.
On a wet weekend at the end of April the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition set out across the Lincolnshire Wolds. They overcame all the challenges the weather bought, walking over 25 miles carrying their heavy packs and camping for two nights. They improved their teamworking skills and always had smiles, despite the weather.
Following on from a successful trip in 2016, the 15th July saw 14 students, Mr Cherry and Ms Freeman boarding a bus at QEGS for the start of the 2017 expedition. After meeting up with the expedition leader, Isi Booker at Heathrow there was a repeat of the flight into Kathmandu with a transfer at Delhi which left students wondering what to do with change in Indian rupees when they’d paid with sterling. Following a successful second attempt to land the aircraft at Kathmandu we transferred by bus to the Utse hotel in the tourist area of Thamel where we received a welcome talk by Gautam, who would be leading the trekking phase of the expedition, and some tea and biscuits.
After an early night’s sleep and a Tibetan breakfast, the next day saw us heading for the Nepal office of Practical Action – a charity that assists remote areas in developing resilient livelihoods covering issues such as water supply, sanitation, energy and disaster preparedness as well as looking at how food security could be improved. We had the pleasure of handing over a donation from a former traveller who was sufficiently impressed by their work that he had donated £1500 to the charity.
Three of our students had the honour of meeting Julian Lloyd Webber at the Music Education Conference in Grantham. Members of the Lincolnshire Youth String Chamber Orchestra performed to a full room of teachers and other music professionals before having the opportunity to listen to Julian, now Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, speak about his passion for music and the importance of music education in schools. Vanessa Ankude and Raashi Padhiyar are violinists in the ensemble and Oliver Jones is the pianist - he was featured as a soloist in one of the pieces.