The weekend of 4th March saw another training day for those wishing to do the Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the summer term - the last chance for the Lower Sixth to qualify for joining Silver and Gold.
Thirty-four, Fifth and Sixth Formers took part - the largest number ever to tackle one of these walks.
The weather at Wrekin in the early morning would have encouraged anyone to stay in bed as driving rain hit the windows. Staying in bed, however, was not an option. The group arrived in Glyndyfrdwy near Llangollen on time and well kitted out. Students then split up into five groups and headed for the hills; all taking different routes. During the day we saw every kind of weather possible but when the rain stopped and it began to snow things looked up with occasional bits of sunshine. It was cold and the students realised the importance of the correct kit; warm layers especially. This was a very challenging walk on all fronts where training concentrated on teamwork, the Country Code, and navigation.
The standard of the students was very high, especially some of the Fifth Form girls - for young teenagers they were extremely competent in terrain that would be well out of reach for most adults.
It was a very successful training day and we will have some very skilled students signing up for Silver and Gold this coming year.