In December, a group of five Paulinas embarked on a joint ice climbing trip with the boys’ school to Fort William in Scotland. Elizabeth in the VIII said that ‘at first we were all a bit nervous and not sure what to expect, especially because we were given ice axes, harnesses and other technical climbing paraphernalia we had never used before at the preparatory meeting. However, our nerves soon settled when we saw a landscape which was so reminiscent of the alps, yet just a few hours from London’. Breathtaking mountain scenery served as the backdrop to their intensive three-day programme ‘up north’, starting at sunrise and hiking late into the afternoon. The tour guides were keen to push the students outside of their comfort zones, taking them on on ridge scrambles, abseiling, and, at one point, zip-lining across a fairly sizable waterfall. Ice climbing in a remote part of Scotland was definitely a nice change of pace from hectic London life.