Rivers and mountains prepare students for expeditions

Senior students of St Aloysius College in Glasgow have travelled to Perthshire where they experienced the county's expansive rivers and sweeping hills in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Silver Award expeditions.

Seven groups of pupils from S4, S5 and S6 took part in a three-Day Outdoor Education weekend where they practiced some of the skills they will need to complete the expedition stage of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These included canoeing along the scenic waters of Loch Tay and trekking across the near-by mountains, where rapidly dropping temperatures offered a real test to the teenagers.

Meanwhile the pupils of S6, who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award this year, took on some White Water Canoeing on the River Tay. This gave them an exciting taste of what they might expect when the venture to the Ardeche River in France next summer.