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De Salis Countryside Trip

Year 9 and 11 students each went on their termly countryside walk. Students in Year 9 set off across the rolling Chiltern Hills where they saw the impact that the HS2 project is having on this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and visited a farm where the new-born piglets quickly became a firm favourite, meanwhile Year 11 students were blessed with an equally beautiful day, and having hiked across open countryside, bagan their climb up the Beacon. Once at the top, they were rewarded by a breath-taking view, three counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire spread out beneath them.

Whilst out on their countryside walk, Year 11 students joined in a workshop of volunteers from the Chiltern Society, helping to dig up young blackthorn trees which would then be fed to the elephants and giraffes at Whipsnade Zoo, located on the opposite hillside. Apparently, this is one of their favourite snacks!