Two teams of intrepid Sixth Form students had an adventurous start to the summer holidays as they headed off to complete their World Challenge in Malaysia and their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Wales. World Challenge A 15-day expedition as part of the World Challenge programme took a group of nine sixth form students to Malaysia. World Challenge expeditions are designed to help students tap into their potential with a focus on leadership, resilience and teamwork. As well as trekking and camping in the Taman Negara National Park, the students contributed to community led projects, volunteering with the local Batek tribe to build bamboo furniture for a school. The group learnt how to cook traditional dishes using bamboo, handle budgets, book accommodation and take care of travel arrangement. After spending two years fundraising and planning for this once in a lifetime adventure they enjoyed a relaxing final three days island hopping, visiting the Batu Caves and a tea plantation as well as the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kula Lumpar City. Gold DofE Year 12 students working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award headed to Snowdonia National Park at the start of the summer. Two teams of students planned routes through the national park, with one of the teams heading up and over Snowden. The students walked an average of 18-20 kilometres a day and camped overnight. In order to complete this stage of their award, the students had to carry all the equipment they would need for their expedition, including a four-day supply of food, first aid equipment, clothing and camping equipment. Once the students have delivered a presentation about their expedition, they will have successfully completed their Gold DofE award and will be invited to attend a Gold Award Presentation in London, attended by a Member of The Royal Family.