The Old Girls’ Association have awarded this year’s Dorothy Lester Travel Scholarship to Year 13 pupils Anna and Rachel, who will be travelling this August to “the gateway of the Fjords” - Bergen, Norway.
The girls, who are both avid geographers, have planned this trip themselves and will be travelling independently of any over-arching organisation.
They will have the opportunity to do the usual sightseeing in this historical city, canoe on the world-renowned fjords and take 12 hour -long treks. They will undertake the Trolltunga hike which is well known for its difficulty. At the top of the hike is a unique rock feature which is a beautiful spot for photographs.
In order to focus on the nature in Norway, they will be camping away from the city and hope to visit other smaller towns from which they can trek.
They feel that this is an opportunity to develop their organisational skills and to build confidence and assertiveness. Norway is expensive so they have had to work to a tight budget and to raise money by having part-time jobs. This experience will also help to prepare them for independent living at university.
Anna and Rachel were each presented with a £200 award in assembly on the last day before study leave begins. This award is also acknowledged at Prize Giving.