Students and staff are feeling particularly seasonal following a recent trip to Iceland. The Nordic adventure was organised by Discover the World Education, a travel company that provides highly engaging tours designed around the National Curriculum. Tour guide Cathy Harlow – a fellow Brit who has written books about Iceland and been living on the stunning island for three decades – was on hand to ensure the group of 49 girls and 5 members of staff (including the school’s Headteacher, Ms Heather Owens) enjoyed the full Icelandic experience. The action-packed itinerary included visits to volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls and iceberg lakes.
Many of the girls who went on the trip are studying GCSE and A-level geography. Year 13 student, Natasha Lamyman, said: “Visiting Iceland has allowed me to understand the theory behind plate tectonics and glaciation. Icelandic society is fascinating and very community-based.”
The trip was also open to non-geographers as an ‘awe and wonder’ trip. Year 10 student, Sophie Maguire, reflected: “I’ve seen the most incredible sights, experienced the most amazing nature and created memories I will carry with me forever.”
Kingsley’s Assistant Head and Head of Geography, Mrs Rebecca Rogers, commented: “It was very humbling to experience so much of Iceland’s beauty and a real privilege to share it with our wonderful students. Seeing the spectacular Northern Lights, the beautiful iceberg lakes, the enormous waves at Dyrhólaey, and volcanoes like Katla nestling under the icecaps reminded us all of the powerful physical forces driving our planet.”