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STUDENT SURVIVAL: Croxley students return from thrilling Highlands adventure

 Published on: 28th November 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Students from York House School in Croxley returned from a daring excursion through the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday, November 23, with tales of their incredible feats.

The children, aged 12 to 13, stayed off-grid on the edges of Loch a’Chadh-fi, where they connected with nature and battled unpredictable weather conditions.

They even channelled their inner Bear Grylls by spending an evening on ‘Survival Island’, where they tackled the freezing environment and looked after themselves overnight without adult supervision.

Jon Gray, headmaster at York House, is passionate about the school’s annual wilderness expedition.

He said: “We want our children to leave people and places better than they find them, and to develop a positive outlook on life.

“This experience gives them the opportunity to try new things and to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Whether that’s sea kayaking, lighting a fire, or learning new survival skills like independently building a shelter to sleep in overnight, this is very much a team effort and something that the children will remember forever.”

The children got involved with kayaking, mackerel fishing, open water swimming, body boarding, and lobster fishing, as well as hiking up Mount Arkle.

The trip was organised as part of the school’s Outdoor Education programme, which aims to foster independence and resilience and engender a spirit of adventure.

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