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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fakenham students prepare for adventure

STUDENTS of Fakenham High School are already preparing for their adventure of a lifetime when they will take part in a month-long expedition to Madagascar next summer.

Ten students from the school spent Wednesday last week working in autumnal sunshine on a team-building exercise at the Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, near Fakenham.

The day was spent clearing scrub and learning about conservation alongside Pensthorpe staff, all aimed at helping to prepare the students for their visit to the island in the Indian Ocean.

During the 28-day expedition in July next year, the youngsters will be trekking through the country's rain forests and spending a week working on a community project for abandoned and impoverished children.

They will be teaching the children about environmental and re-cycling issues and will be able to put into practice some of the skills they learned at Pensthorpe.

Student Charlotte Bramham-Jones will be working towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh award, having completed her bronze level last year.

“We all enjoyed our day volunteering at Pensthorpe and some of the skills we learned we will be taking with us. The day was also good for the group as a team-building exercise,” she said.

She added : “We would like to thank everyone at Pensthorpe

who have helped us towards

this worthwhile life-changing experience.”

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