Switzerland trip

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The Forfar Academy Switzerland trip group returned from a hectic week of geography fieldwork last week (June 29).

Twenty-four pupils and three members of staff (Mrs Helen Waggott, Mr Ron Preston and Ms Janet Spence), spent the week in the small village of Wilderswil in the Bernese Oberland.

The aim of the trip was to complete a number of geographical tasks related to their Standard Grade course.

While the focus was very much on glaciation and glacial landscapes in the Swiss Alps, time was also spent investigating urban landscapes.

The group visited nearby Interlaken, a holiday resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps, to carry out urban fieldwork.

They also walked through the stunning Lauterbrunnen Valley – the world’s deepest U-shaped valley with 1000m cliffs on either side and doused by some 72 waterfalls.

A ride on the worlds steepest funicular railway to visit a corrie loch which has been dammed to provide hydro electric power was also spectacular. However, it was undoubtedly the trip to the Jungfraujoch which was the favourite. At 3454m, the Jungfraujoch is the highest train station in Europe.

Here pupils enjoyed the spectacular Alpine views of the Aletsch Glacier, which at 22 km is the longest ice-stream in the Alps.

The behaviour and work ethic of all involved in the trip was completely outstanding. In their evaluations, pupils described the trip as ‘epic’, ‘amazing’ and ‘actually the best trip ever!’.