Every year it is tradition for Year 7 to travel to Snowdonia to ascend great Mount Snowdon. This is to enable new pupils who have joined the School to get to know our existing pupils and teachers, to push themselves a little as individuals and to have lots and lots of fun.
However, on arrival this year, the great British weather had other ideas and the gale force winds and rain made conditions too treacherous for the children to climb the mountain.
Whilst waiting for the weather to improve the children had a great time looking round the Slate Museum, learning about the history of the slate mines and the importance of slate to the local economy. Sadly the bad weather was tenacious and conditions remained too dangerous all week, meaning both groups explored alternative areas of Snowdonia. Instead of the climb, the walk leaders took everyone on an interesting geological path, exploring the area around Ogwyn Valley and Tryfan where they could clearly see the effect of glacial and volcanic activity from yesteryear. During the walk the children had to climb across a fast running stream jumping from rock to rock which was both exciting and slightly nerve racking; everyone just about managed to stay dry! Pupils and staff also had the opportunity to walk through a local organic beef and sheep farm which is well known in the area for its high quality produce.
In the evening pupils were treated to a slide show as Mr Cahill shared his climbing adventures from when he was just a little bit younger and took to the cliffs more regularly! The following day was a chance to do a last minute bit of shopping in Betwys-y-Coed before travelling home.