Following on from a successful trip in 2016, the 15th July saw 14 students, Mr Cherry and Ms Freeman boarding a bus at QEGS for the start of the 2017 expedition. After meeting up with the expedition leader, Isi Booker at Heathrow there was a repeat of the flight into Kathmandu with a transfer at Delhi which left students wondering what to do with change in Indian rupees when they’d paid with sterling. Following a successful second attempt to land the aircraft at Kathmandu we transferred by bus to the Utse hotel in the tourist area of Thamel where we received a welcome talk by Gautam, who would be leading the trekking phase of the expedition, and some tea and biscuits.
After an early night’s sleep and a Tibetan breakfast, the next day saw us heading for the Nepal office of Practical Action – a charity that assists remote areas in developing resilient livelihoods covering issues such as water supply, sanitation, energy and disaster preparedness as well as looking at how food security could be improved. We had the pleasure of handing over a donation from a former traveller who was sufficiently impressed by their work that he had donated £1500 to the charity.
Three of our students had the honour of meeting Julian Lloyd Webber at the Music Education Conference in Grantham. Members of the Lincolnshire Youth String Chamber Orchestra performed to a full room of teachers and other music professionals before having the opportunity to listen to Julian, now Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, speak about his passion for music and the importance of music education in schools. Vanessa Ankude and Raashi Padhiyar are violinists in the ensemble and Oliver Jones is the pianist - he was featured as a soloist in one of the pieces.
In June the Equestrian Team took part in the NSEA competition at Arena UK. The riders achieved fantastic results;
Flossie England came 4th in the 80cm show jumping and has qualified for the NSEA Plate in December.
Ava Vernon came 4th in the 110cm show jumping and has qualified for the NSEA Plate in December.
Abbie Lawson won the Elementary dressage class and has qualified for the NSEA Championships. She also came 3rd in the Novice dressage class.
Rosie Finney came 4th in the Novice dressage.
The dressage team of Abbie Lawson, Rosie Finney and Charlotte Lawson came 3rd and missed out on qualifying for the NSEA Championships by 0.25%
All the QEGS team competitors came home with a rosette, which is a great achievement on a very hot day.
Sixty six students in Years 9 and 10 took part in the Bronze Practice Expedition in the Lincolnshire Wolds on 19th-20th May. All the students walked in good spirits and worked well in their teams. The weather was a little wet at times but their spirits weren’t dampened. Everyone is looking forward to the actual expedition in July.