On Monday 30th September 45 year 9 students left RMA by bus to head for the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. There was a great deal of excitement as students discussed the challenging outdoor activities they would be taking part in. For some, the main challenge would be a week without a mobile phone!
Through the week the students knew that they would be working towards a John Muir Award. This focused on Exploration, Discovery,
Conservation and Sharing. There was certainly a lot of exploration and discovery of wild places. Students canoed across Lake Lynn Gwynant and some even jumped off the top of Elephant Rock into the lake. They bravely abseiled down Eagle Rock, investigated the wilderness of the beach at Borth Y Gest, clambered up waterfalls at Afon Goch and climbed the spectacular mountains of Yr
Aran, Cnight or Y Garn.
The students and staff were all very proud of each other for facing many fears and stepping out of their comfort zones. The conservation element saw students rebuilding outdoor education spaces, removing rhododendrons (an invasive Canadian species) and adding protective fencing. The students shared their experiences in end-of-day meetings and kept a diary to always remind themselves of their activities. Each student qualified for the John Muir Award and will be receiving their certificate in an assembly soon. Well done to all!