Having had a month to recuperate after their practice adventurous journey, 20 Year 12 Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participants embarked on their Qualifying expedition in Parco d'Abruzzo.
Beginning at the Eastern end of Lago di Barrea, pupils hiked through forests and meadows, as well as scaling the towering 2252m peak of Monte Marsicano, over four days. Pupils overcame scorching temperatures and summit hail storms, and became adept at removing ticks at the end of each day. Overall, they demonstrated grit and determination, and pulled together as teams.
Mr Rankin, Mr Runciman, Ms Bertuzzi, Ms Blake and Mr Blackburn, who accompanied the trip, were impressed by their ability to smile even after long days and cold nights. Pupils have now completed one out of five sections of the Gold Award and can now focus on logging their weekly progress towards their Skill, Service, and Physical recreation activities, as well as organising their five-day residential.
Hopefully, this time next year will see them receive their Gold Award at their Year 13 celebration assembly - a first for St George's!