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We have had a very busy but purposeful end to this first half of term.

During the last couple of weeks there has been plenty of action in and out of the classrooms. We all enjoyed showing visitors around the Prep School during our Open Day, we’ve performed in the first informal concert of the year, and have been on Geography and Science field trips. Our sports teams have been busy, too, taking part in IAPS hockey qualifiers as well as hockey and rugby fixtures against local and touring sides.

Geography Field Trips to Perthshire

The 2nd Form pupils headed up to Perthshire this week for a fabulous Geography field trip. Our base was Aberfeldy and first stop was to Beyond Adventure, where we met staff and set off for two different locations, swapping over during the day.

Whilst one group headed off for the beautiful Birks of Aberfeldy walk, led by Dr Talbot and Mrs Muddiman, the others were learning about the features of Loch Faskally.

The Birks of Aberfeldy, named after a poem of the same name by Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, was a glorious location: the beech trees were beginning to show their autumnal splendour and the river was full, so the waterfall we were heading towards was a spectacular sight. We spent the morning brushing up on river terminology and processes, and by the end of the session we were passing Dr Talbot’s tests with flying colours!

After a tasty packed lunch, it was back onto the minibus for a short trip to Loch Faskally where the expert instructors from Beyond Adventure, together with their spaniel, Winston, awaited us. Once we were kitted out, we paired up and set off in our canoes to admire the landscape and learn more of the history of this stunning loch. We discovered that the rivers Tummel and Garry flow into the loch, which is retained by the Pitlochry Dam and that water levels can fall and rise dramatically, depending on water management.

At the end of the afternoon the groups met up again at the Three Lemons in Aberfeldy and swapped stories about the day whilst tucking into delicious freshly made pizzas.

Geography and Science Field Trip to The Pentland Hills

T Form headed to the Pentland Hills for a Geography and Science field trip. The weather was definitely on our side and it was a beautifully sunny and crisp Edinburgh day. We spent the day practising map work and learning more about the weather systems in the Pentlands. The science element of the day included identification of some of the tree, plant and animal species that live in this beautiful landscape.

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