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Jungle adventure takes pupils to new heights

Forty one intrepid explorers embarked on an exciting expedition to Borneo where they spent 21 days trekking through the jungle, climbing South East Asia’s tallest mountain, scuba diving and helping out with community projects.

We have run a trip of this magnitude for Sixth Formers every two years as part of the wider co-curricular programme on offer with the aim of giving pupils an eye opening educational experience that will support their transition into adulthood.

Pupils take the lead with planning the trip and manage their own finances, accommodation, food and transportation.

The travelling party flew from Manchester to Kota Kinabalu via Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur. Their first few days were spent in Sepilok where they were able to see orangutans, sun bears and long, pink-tailed macaques on an unforgettable forest canopy walk.

The group completed a Padi Scuba Diving course and enjoyed snorkelling amongst a host of sea creatures including black tip reef shark, turtles, lion fish, moray eels, blue spotted sting rays, squid, lobsters and clown fish.

The highlight of the trip was a trek up Mount Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in South East Asia, with pupils pushing themselves to the limit to be rewarded with stunning views across the whole of Borneo from the summit.

A short stay in Tampat Do Aman in Kudat saw the group walk to the tip of Borneo as well as helping local labourers to complete a community project and taking part in the village sports day.

Life Studies teacher Mr Alex Ehegartner spearheaded the trip. Talking about their experience he said: “The decision to embark on a trip to Borneo was a unique opportunity and one that proved to be educational, enjoyable and demanding.

“The pupils faced adverse weather conditions, challenging treks and enjoyed unique interactions with the local people. For the duration of the trip they were enthusiastic and worked really hard and they were wonderful ambassadors for the school with their maturity, organisation and adaptability to all situations.”