A group of intrepid pupils at Rydal Penrhos got the chance to improve their hiking skills ahead of a special trip later this year.
The school has organised a cultural experience of a lifetime to India, which has been aimed at enhancing pupils’ learning in global issues and is the latest in a series of wonderful opportunities presented to each pupil at Rydal Penrhos throughout the academic year.
The group will be based in the foothills of the Himalayas and will take in landmark sites including Amritsar’s Golden Temple and the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
As part of their preparation for the trip, Dr Jim Lewis, Gareth Robinson and the Reverend Nick Sissons took them to the hills of Snowdonia to test their mettle on a special hike, which lasted six hours in the mountains above Trefriw.
They also reached the summit of Pen Llithrig y Wrach: “The Slippery Hill of the Witch” and then down a steep slope (which was indeed very slippery) and back to the minibus around Llyn Cowlyd Reservoir.
Rev’d Sissons, said; “Dr Lewis gave plenty of trekking tips along the route that we shall be able to take with us in the summer.
“The unusual sight of the pupils picnicking under an orange group survival bag was but one of many memorable moments on the day along with Dr Lewis' rendition of the Banana Dance, reserved especially for any future moments when the group needs to lift its spirits.
“All the pupils completed the course, and the other aim of the day - to build the team up in advance of the trip - was also successfully accomplished. Our thanks go to Dr Lewis and to Mr Robinson, who also accompanied the walkers.”