Summer Trips

The GHS Senior School girls went on a number of exciting trips during the Summer break: 
 
Joint GHS & RGS Music Tour to Italy
The joint GHS & RGS Chamber Choir and orchestra enjoyed a wholly enjoyable and terrifically successful six-day tour of Italy. The packed itinerary included performances at concerts and services in Verona, Lazise, Mantua and Venice (including St Mark's Basilica). There were several standing ovations from the large and enthusiastic audiences, much to the delight of the 70 musicians, with invitations from the hosts to make a return visit. As concerts took place in the evenings, the days were free to relax by the hotel pool and to enjoy being tourists; highlights included a boat trip across Lake Garda and sightseeing in Verona, Mantua and Venice. 
 
Mr Grayson Jones
 
 
Gold Duke of Edinburgh
Three intrepid teams of expeditioners went out on Gold DofE in mid-August. The Rhinogs Mountains by the sea in Snowdonia provided a fitting and beautiful setting to really put them to the test; I was so pleased that spirits remained high throughout! We all finished up on a gorgeous beach in hot sunshine after a rigorous climb on the final day. Two teams had completed their assessment, but all the team members should be proud of their endeavours.
 
Dr Cindi Lockett
 
 
Sixth Form Expedition to Cambodia
Earlier this summer, fifteen Lower Sixth girls experienced the trip of a lifetime in their expedition to Cambodia. The girls were privileged to see the stunning temples of Angkor at sunrise; they worked in a remote and rarely visited village deep in the Koh Kong jungle where they taught English and set up a recycling system for waste; and finally they endured a thrilling four-day trek in the Koh Kong jungle where they battled monsoon, massive spiders, snakes and a single leech! These are a few highlights of an outstanding trip, which will be a lasting memory for all who came. 
 
Mr Rod Laughton
 
 
Year 7 Adventure Holiday to Shropshire
Thirty-five Year 7 girls spent five exciting days at Manor Adventure in Shropshire, enjoying a jam-packed programme of activities ranging from raft building to abseiling. Particular highlights this year were conquering fears on the challenging high ropes course and splashing around playing water polo. We even battled the drizzle to complete the Carding Mill Valley walk with smiles all round and returned to our cosy lodge to settle down to watching an evening film with hot chocolate and popcorn. Many new friendships blossomed over the course of the week and the girls showed true resilience and teamwork throughout all of the activities. Well done everyone!
 
Miss Sophie Oakes
 
 
Three Peaks Challenge
Late in the holiday, thirty-six Sixth Form girls took on the gruelling Three Peaks endurance challenge. The girls showed a remarkable amount of mental and physical stamina, with the majority reaching the summit plateau of Ben Nevis, the summit of Scafell Pike and the summit of Snowdon within the 24-hour time limit. The girls should be extremely proud for this phenomenal achievement! 
 
Mr Rod Laughton