The first assembly of Summer Term was a chance to present certificates to Sixth Form students who have achieved their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Congratulations to Head Boy Ruaridh Angus, Rachel Gibbins and Jemima Lindsay (Year 12), who successfully completed all the components of their Bronze awards, including wild camping, a sporting activity and community service, and to Year 13 students Ben Clark, Molly Kavanagh, Evie Turner and Shu Hei Wong, who received their Silver awards.
St Leonards has the fastest growing Duke of Edinburgh programme of all Scottish independent schools, and our latest group of pupils set off on their Bronze qualifying expedition on Saturday, 27 April, taking to the hills of Aberfeldy in Perthshire.
The group met with Ms Johnson in school early on Saturday morning for a kit check before boarding the bus with Dr Maclean. Everyone was incredibly well prepared, punctual and enthusiastic for the expedition ahead, despite the rain forecast for day one of the trip!
The intrepid adventurers returned with Mr Martin on Sunday afternoon, and it's fair to say the weather was more forgiving on the second day! Students spent the night camping in the hills around Aberfeldy, with some groups setting up their tents on either side of a beautiful lochan in the shadow of Schiehallion.
There were some tired students and sore feet on the bus journey home, but a great atmosphere and wonderful camaraderie on board. We are delighted to say that the instructors and assessors at Beyond Adventure all commented on the students' good behaviour and optimism throughout their time out on the hills - a huge well done to all of them, and congratulations for successfully completing the Bronze expedition!