Year 9 and 10 students from seven boarding houses went on House expedition. For the Year 9s it was their first time out with their House mates and it served to further cement the bonds they have been forming over the past four weeks of term.
Duffus House Year 9 and 10 loaded up the vans and ventured off to the West Coast to sunny Fort WilliamOn Saturday the group set off to Glenfinnan, to take in the sights of the famous viaduct, movie set for a Harry Potter film. To top off the experience, the boys were just in time to see the Hogwarts Express pull into the station and have a chat with the driver. From there it was on to the Caledonian Canal at Corpach, where the group were able to walk the Neptune’s Staircase section of the canal.
In the afternoon they went Canyoning with outdoor adventure company, Vertical Descents. There were a few daunted and nervous boys at the thought of throwing themselves down a waterfall. From the very beginning it was thrilling to see all boys literally throw themselves into it and, for some, conquer their fears. It was a fantastic activity to encourage team work and leadership as well as pushing the boys out of their comfort zone. From jumping into plunge pools, to sliding down natural chutes in the waterfalls, the boys were kept moving and certainly on their toes. Although the temperature of the water was a shock to the system, it wasn't something that fish and chips couldn't sort out. Not keen to retire to bed, it was back to the campsite for a campfire and marshmallows, as well as some night time games in the dark.
The exped was certainly exhilarating and there is no doubt that the aims of bonding and creating positive relationships were achieved!
Hopeman Year 9 and 10 had an enjoyable weekend at the BCC Lochness Hostel, from which they walked around Loch Affric on Saturday. The day was glorious and autumnal, although occasional purple heather was still in view. On Sunday some of the girls went horseriding on the lakeside, whilst others enjoyed a boat trip on Loch Ness in the hope of spotting Nessie.
The Plewlands girls set up a base camp near Loch an Eilein. On Saturday the girls enjoyed mountain biking and were taken either in the woodland area surrounding the Loch an or around the Loch Morlich area. They were all nervous before setting off and Esther in Year 9 didn’t think she would be able to do it but she, along with all others, came back beaming from ear to ear and were really pleased with themselves. At camp, we relaxed and tried a variety of crafts such as bracelet making, knitting and making pom poms.
On Sunday we walked around Loch an Eilein which was absolutely beautiful before heading back to school.
The Round Square expedition went to Newtonmore. There the boys ascended A'Chailleach in damp and breezy conditions. A smaller group then took on Carn Sgulain before descending in a mixture of rain and sunshine and re-joining the others.
The Windmill girls had a lovely time at Grantown, camping close to the town in the garden of a country cottage. On Saturday they went to Landmark, the weather was rather mixed, but it was a lovely day and they enjoyed the high ropes, water slides, roller coaster and tree top walk at Landmark. They had a BBQ supper and played ‘Predator’ in the dark and did some star gazing. On Sunday, after packing up, the girls enjoyed two short walks despite the rain.