The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to students in H1 to H4.  It is a voluntary and non-competitive scheme of sports, skills, community service and expedition-based activities. There are many benefits for the young people involved, including discovering new skills, making an impact on their community, building confidence and responsibility, developing a set of life, personal and social skills, and most of all, having fun with their friends! 

As part of their Bronze International Award (IA), 24 intrepid H2 students took on the challenge of Yangmingshan National Park last Thursday and Friday. On a beautiful clear morning, they left from the ESC, carrying all their gear, and headed up to Eriziping Recreation Area, where they spent the day following the routes they had planned up Mt. Miantian, Mt. Datun, Datun South and West Peaks.  En route, their hiking groups were assessed on their navigation and basic first aid skills. 

This was the first overnight trip following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, so students were excited to camp out in tents at the Jingshan Recreation Area and cooked up a storm to replenish their energy.

The teams were up bright and early on a misty, rainy morning to cook a nutritious breakfast and begin the second day’s challenge. The more adventurous groups took on and conquered the summit of Mt. Cising, while others followed the Jinbaoli Trail, passing the Jyuansih Waterfall to Lengshuikeng Recreation Centre. 

As with most things in life, it is the journey and not the destination that matters.