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Iceland Trip 2019

1st November 2019

During the October half-term the Geography Department took 28 students from Years 11, 12 and 13 on an amazing trip to Iceland. The students spent five days and four nights exploring the land of fire and ice. The students embraced the long, activity filled days and wind chill temperatures of -6°C with cheer. Some of the highlights included visiting the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant located on the side of a volcano, a boat trip around Icebergs breaking off the Vatnajökull Ice sheet (Europe’s largest), completing a glacier walk, walking through a tectonic plate boundary, visiting one of Iceland’s most spectacular lava tunnels and we were fortunate to have two clear nights where we could witness the wonder of the northern lights.  It was truly a once in a lifetime experience for many. 

The Helston students exemplified the College values throughout the trip.  The care they showed for one another and across year groups, their interaction with the public, the respect for another culture, and their interest in all aspects of Iceland made us very proud of them.  Our Icelandic guide was genuinely impressed with this excellent behaviour.  He has led many school groups but he made a point of telling the staff (Dr Ryan, Mrs Laban, & Mr Dudley) and the students that the Helston College group have been the most interested, polite, and respectful he has seen in a very long time and he was very proud to be leading them around his country.  

The next Iceland trip will be in October 2021. Promotion and sign up for the trip will begin in April 2020 and will be open to students in Year 10 and 11 who plan to stay in Helston Community College for Post-16 and it will also be open to Year 9 students who plan to take Geography at GCSE. For any queries please contact Dr Ryan.