St. Andrews students reach the heights on their trip to the Himalayas

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St. Andrews students ventured to Nepal on a recent trip which saw them compete in FOBISIA games, followed by a 4 day trek in the Annapurna Mountain range.

The games saw 6 schools competing from South East Asia in athletics, basketball, football and rounders.  St. Andrews students made a fantastic all-round performance as they achieved medals in every single competition they entered, including gold for the boys’ basketball.

St. Andrews sports team.St. Andrews sports team.

Raphael O’Sullivan who organized the games said, “St. Andrews students are a real credit, not only did they show sporting excellence, but also demonstrated great sportsmanship.”

Students then swapped their sports shoes for their hiking boots as they travelled to the beautiful town of Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalayas and set off on a beautiful 7 hour trek to the small village of Ghandruk.

St. Andrews students after their long climb.St. Andrews students after their long climb.

Johnny Mochny, a Year 10 student said, “It really has been a fantastic but challenging experience, but to see this landscape is breathtaking. What is even more amazing though is to see the young kids in Nepal skipping up and down the mountain in flip flops – it’s hard enough with boots on!”

After the 4 day trek the group returned home with sore feet, but with memories that will last a lifetime.