The Wallace High School group who are currently
in the Pyrenees completing their Gold Duke of
Edinburgh expedition. US27-728SP
FOURTEEN Upper Sixth students from Wallace High School headed
off on the experience of a lifetime this week, 'going for gold'
in the Pyrenees. Having completed their A level examinations,
the eighteen-year-olds headed off to complete their Duke of
Edinburgh's Award Scheme Gold expedition along with teachers
Lois Stewart, Bill Wilson, Jonny Reid and assessor Alan
Lois Stewart, Co-ordinator of the scheme in Wallace High School
explained: "This trip is extra special as it takes place in the
Golden Anniversary year of the Award scheme.
"Our pupils have undergone a rigorous training schedule in the
past eighteen months, involving steep ground work in the Mournes
and navigation work in the Wicklow Mountains.
"They have also taken part in a stringent fitness regime, which
has prepared them for the conditions they will face in the
"Last weekend was spent loading up the minibuses and making
final preparations for the trip and our pupils deserve great
credit for their dedication and time management skills."
Jamie Elwood, Patrick Black and Stacey
Arnott preparing to leave on their Duke of
Edinburgh Gold Award expedition to the
Upper Sixth pupil Stacey Arnott went on to say: "When we arrive
in France we will have a three day practice walk from Arrens to
Salent in Spain.
"We will then commence our four day Gold expedition, covering 50
"The round route starts and finishes in Torla, Spain and passes
through Gavarnie in France."
Stephen Clarke continued: "We are all really looking forward to
the trip and would like to thank the entire Duke Of Edinburgh
Award Scheme staff in Wallace for all their hard work over the
years and in particular to Mrs Stewart, Mr Wilson and Mr Reid
for giving up part of their summer holiday to accompany us to
"I'm sure the experience will be unforgettable and it is an
amazing way to end our time in Wallace High."
Lois Stewart concluded: "Following the expedition we will enjoy
a day in Eurodisney for a bit of fun before we come home to
Lisburn in mid July.
"I encourage people to keep an eye on our school website –
- for updates on the trip."