Bohunt students start preparing for a
Science Expedition to the remote Himalayas
39 Bohunt students are currently fundraising and training for a three week expedition to the remote Himalayas. Over the next 18 months the expedition will be planned by the students. They will focus not only on trekking, but also on scientific field work on glaciers and meaningful project work. Following on from the Bohunt Arctic Expedition 2011 it will be a traditional expedition in the very true sense of the word; frontier and adventurous.
Neil Strowger, Headteacher of Bohunt said:
“Bohunt is committed not only to ensuring our students leave us with outstanding examination grades, but also in possession of the wider skills of leadership, enterprise and teamwork. Further, we understand that inspiration and rich experiences outside the classroom are as important as those within it. The serious challenges presented by this exciting educational expedition will develop the students participating and add to the learning and motivation of those back in the classroom. I wish them the best of luck for the months of planning, fundraising and preparing that lie ahead.”
In November the students went on their first training weekend. They spent three days camping on the South Downs, being briefed on possible locations and kit, coming up with fundraising ideas and completing team-building tasks such as cooking challenges, campfire building and an assault course. All the students managed everything that was thrown at them, from putting their tents up in the pitch black to having to organise and do all the catering and cleaning.
The students are also very busy fundraising. The entrepreneurial skill that the students develop over the 18 month build up is one of the major outcomes from the whole experience; already the team are showing real flare and courage: busking in local towns, negotiating discounts for items of kit, running discos for students, organising gigs and booking motivational speakers amongst other things. They’ve been helped along the way by the generosity of local people and organisations, for example Trespass and Cotswold Outdoor have offered kit discounts and the Guildford College Group donated £100 to the expedition.
Helen Brown of the Guilldford College Group said:
“Their [students going to the Himalayas] enthusiasm and obvious excitement, proposed in their words as an ‘experience of a lifetime’ was wonderful to hear and made a real impression on me.”
Over the coming months the students will be continuing their fundraising, organising their groups’ itineraries, completing a hard training weekend in the Lake District, buying their kit and looking for a kit sponsor. If you would like to sponsor the expedition then please contact Philip Avery by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Details: Mr Philip Avery, Assistant Headteacher, Bohunt School, T: 01428 724324, E: email@example.com