SELKIRK High School’s 5th and 6th year Geography pupils embarked on a three-day trip to Blencathra outdoor centre last week as part of their Higher course, and it proved to be a great success.

As part of the Higher Geography course, the students have to complete an Added Value Unit which counts towards the final mark in their exams. This trip would help them gain more knowledge about the subject, and improve the quality of their work.

The trip began on Monday, with the class leaving the school in the morning, and arriving at the centre in the early afternoon. There was no time to settle in, as they were whisked away into the local town of Keswick, looking at the flood defence systems. This was a good location after the floods in Keswick last year following ‘Storm Desmond’ left the town in a state of shock. There was even time for a quick break in the town as the ‘Tour of Britain’ cycle ride happened to be passing through, this was a pleasant surprise!

On to Tuesday, bringing a glacier walk, in which the students walked up a local mountain being shown the different glaciation features on show. Although it was a reasonably challenging walk, the group had a very positive attitude and were eager to learn from the activity leader. (It wasn’t all work and no play though, as there were several games of table tennis played during the evening, with Mr Sutherlands inner competitiveness even coming out on a couple of occasions!!)

Although the trip would come to an end on Wednesday afternoon, there was still time to fit in a morning session looking at soil profiles, which involved another walk up a nearby hill.

The senior pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was certainly made more enjoyable with the fantastic weather, and are sure it will help them gain higher marks when it comes to writing their AVU’s.

Gregor Nichol, S5