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panied
by
four
teachers set
off
on
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expedition
to
Honduras,
the first
trip
of
its kind organised by
Latymer. We
were
to
conduct scientific
research
of
international
importance
there,
helping
postgraduate students gather data
on
the
carbon storage of
the
rainforest
and
the
biodiversity of
the
environment.
On
arrival, we were split into
two
groups,
with
one heading into the jungle
to the
satellite camp
(SatCamp) and
the
other
staying
in
the
Las
Pinitas Ecolodge.
Halfway through
the
week the
two
groups swapped
over.
SatCamp was in
the
heart of
the
rain-
forest,
a
base
for the
scientists
to
reach
the
unexplored
areas
of the forest.
The
accommodation
was basic,
to
say
the
least.
Situated on
a
30 degree slope,
hammocks
and
tents were
placed in
the
few
suitable
places
available,
a
bucket
to
wash
your
hands in,
a
trench
for
a
toilet
and
an
open
fire
to
cook on. The camp
was designed
to
minimise impact
on
the
environment.
As
a
result, we
found
hum-
mingbirds flying around
us as
we ate
and
toucans
settling
in
the trees around the
camp.
Daily
activities involved bird
catching,
setting up mammal and dung beetle
traps and
going
on
long
treks through
the forest
to
look
for
rare reptiles
and
other
creatu res.
Constructing
shelters
out
of twlgs and
leaves,
going
out
on
night walks and looking
for
nocturnal
creatures
were
all
on
the itinerary.
Some
of
us
were even
lucky
enough
to
see
a
pack
of howler
monkeys.
We
took
a
ferry
out
to
Utila and
Coral
View
Resort
for the
second
week.
lt
was
here
that
we received diving
lessons
in
order
to
become
PADI
qualified
-
as
well
as
attending
several
lectures
on
topics
such
as
marine debris. We
would
go
out
on short boat
rides
to
various
reefs
to
practise our diving
skills
and
observe
marine
wildlife, with
one group
seeing
an
octopus swimming in open water
-
a
very rare
occurrence.
On
our
journey
home, we
were
held
up
for
six
hours
in a
Honduran
airport
and
had
to
sprint
through
Miami
Airport
to
reach
our connecting
flight.
A
hectic
end
to
an
absolutely incredible
trip
-
we
would
all strongly
encourage
the
school
to
run the
trip
again
as
it
is
an
excellent
opportunity
to
experience
life
in
a
third
world
country,
as
well
as a
great
chance
to
make a
positive difference.
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the
winning
ticket
is...
rable. The
children's inflatable
assault
course was
very popular
and,
with
dozens
of
other
interesting
games
and
stalls
provided
on
the
day,
fun
was
had
by
all.
The climax
of
the
afternoon
was
a
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term
drew
to
a
close,
the
APFLS
hosted
its
biggest
event of the
year
-
yes,
the fantastic
lnternational
Food
Fair.
On
a
very
sunny and
swelteringly hot
Sunday in June, countless people
turned
up
to
be
entertained
and
to
sample
a
wide
range
of foods from
around the world.
This
year
we
were
treated
to
delights
from
Greece,
China,
lndia,
USA,
UK
and Japan.
lt
was
won-
derful wandering around
checking
out
what
everyone was sampling.
The
aroma was
wonderful.
Sushi
and
a
hamburger
was my
particular
choice!
Entertainment
was
provided
musi-
cally
by
the
cast
of
Hoirsproy,
who
gave
everyone
a
taste of what
was
to
come
in July, and also by an
excellent
local
gospel choir.
Mr Garbett
was once again over-
joyed
to
be
riding
the
Bucking Bronco,
but
with
a
slightly worse
recorded
time
than
last
year.
lt
raised
lots
of
money
for the
APFLS
and his
outfit
was memo-
year
11
student
picking
the winning
tickets
in
this year's
Grand Draw.
The
lucky
first
prize
winner
and
the
recipi-
ent of
f 500 was
Mr
Sharif
who current-
ly
has a
child
at
Latymer. Second
and
third
prizes
went
to
Jean
George
and
Patricia
Windle, both of whom
pur-
chased
their
tickets
after
reading about
it
in
the
last
edition
of
Latymer
Link.
Many thousands
of
pounds were
raised
for
the
APFLS
and,
as
you
know,
it
is
very quickly spent on lots
of
items
and
equipment
that the
school
would
otherwise
not
be able
to
purchase. Our
new minibus
is
currently
with the
sign-
writers
and
will
be available
for
use
soon.
The
APFLS
would
like
to
thank
every-
one
who supported
the
Grand Draw
and
the
IFF
this
year and
we
look
for-
ward
to
another
success
story
next
yea r.
David
Holmes
APFLS
Latymer/ink
DECEMBER 201.1.
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