Representatives of the John Muir Trust were at a special assembly to present the School with a certificate confirming our status as an accredited provider of the John Muir Award.
This award is the main educational initiative of the John Muir Trust, a conservational charity which exists to further the aims of its namesake by encouraging people to enjoy and share wild places. Many of the Award's challenges are similar to those our pupils experience on S3 Projects, and it will be during selected Projects excursions that future generations of S3 will have the opportunity to achieve a John Muir certificate.
This year, two Projects groups achieved the John Muir Award: the Top of the Tops group who took on the challenge of climbing the ten highest mountains in Scotland in ten days, and the group who visited the Isle of Raasay just off Skye. It was during the trip to Raasay that one of our pupils became the 10,000th student to achieve the John Muir Award since its launch six years ago.
It was somehow fitting that this milestone was reached by a Watson's pupil in a year when the history of Projects has been so well celebrated by the book, Outdoor Adventures. Copies of the book can be purchased from the Development Office.