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Outstanding performance on survival island

Campfire glows in the distance on survival island

Heath Mount School

Outstanding performance on survival island

Thursday June 28th 2012

Mr Cadden's photo (above) was taken late last night looking a couple of kilometres across the waters of Loch A Chadh-Fi to Survival Island, where the Heath Mount Leaver's of 2012 worked as one team to 'survive' in great style and with high spirits. The only light in this remote landscape. Not just a culmination of their week here together but also their time at school.

We have been hugely impressed by their approach to all aspects of the week. The mountain was certainly a massive challenge for them, but once the batteries had been recharged, they have seized the moment and risen to the whole experience. Our instructors, Geoff and Avril, who were with the pupils on the island were full of praise for the way in which they organised themselves, looked out for each other and used the skills that they have learnt this week to shape their own island experience.

The pupils came off the island for breakfast this morning, a little sleepy but excited with stories that we hope will stay with them for a long time to come.

We have avoided much of the rain that has swept over Scotland this week. The first few hours of our beach day were warm and dry, and when the rain did close in late in the day the pupils weren't phased by it. Back to the Adventure School for supper and a concert to round the week off.

An early start tomorrow to catch the flight home. Best wishes to the whole team for their final few days at Heath Mount.