On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November, 10 students took part in the annual remembrance gathering on Great Gable in the Lake District.
Students left the academy on Saturday afternoon so that we could head up to Seathwaite and set up camp ready for an early start in the morning. Rather than make them cook their own food, as is usually the case on DofE expeditions, this time staff prepared fajitas and Mr Chester’s own version of jam roly poly (jam doughnuts and custard). We were also fortunate that instead of having to sit outside in sub-zero temperatures, we were able to spend the evening in the farmers barn before heading to our frozen tents.
On Sunday morning students had to get up early so that we could make it to the top in time for the remembrance service. After Mr Blundred had cooked everyone bacon sandwiches we set off on our journey from Seathwaite to the top of Great Gable at 8am. The weather was better than expected and we managed to make it up in sunny, if not very cold, conditions. As we approached the top there was still a slight covering of snow on the ground but not enough to put off several hundred other people who had made the journey to pay their respects.
After observing the two minutes silence at 11am, students then laid a specially made cross on behalf of all staff and students at the academy.