Swiss success for travel award winners

Every year the school awards a bursary to individuals or teams from the Sixth Form who would like to travel to further their experience and knowledge of a passion or subject.

The Albert Johnston Travel Award received detailed applications from pupils on how they would like to use the bursary and the standard of applications was so high this year that the judging panel decided to give two awards.

First prize of £1,000 went to Sarah Stretton, whose proposal was “Scaling New Heights – Leysin, Switzerland”. Sarah will be doing a week’s course with the International School of Mountaineering where she will learn alpine mountaineering skills e.g. use of crampons, ice axes, ropes and crevasse rescue. She will also learn how to ice climb and cross glaciers as well as tackling some of the challenging peaks near the Moiry glacier.

A second prize of £750 was awarded to Jacob Lockett for his project “Observing the Recession of Europe’s Largest Glacier, The Aletsch”. Jacob will travel to Switzerland, to the Aletsch Arena in the Bernese Alps, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He will be investigating the geology of the area, the glacier’s recession and looking at the repercussions for the ecosystem and the economy.

Sarah and Jacob will go on their travels during the summer holidays. Mrs Muscutt, who is the teacher in charge of the Award and a member of the judging panel, was really impressed by the standard and variety of all of the entries. However, Sarah and Jacob came across very well at interview and their commitment was evident.

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