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Brecon Beacons - Brocken Spectre on Pen y Fan

14 pupils from year 7 climbed Pen y Fan on Tuesday 15 October. Well done to Holly Davies, Kara Gould, Huw Grainger, Megan Hipperson, Isobelle Lloyd, Hannah Meredith, Sophie Norman, Menna Pritchard, Callum Rallings, Ciaran Evans, Lauren Fuge, Ellie Price, Megan Thorne and Luc Woodman. A special mention for Isobelle, as she showed courage and determination to succeed despite finding it a considerable challenge.

56 pupils from year 7 and 65 from year 8 have attended a trip in the Brecon Beacons since the project began in May 2013.

The weather was bright, sunny and warm with a few clouds to make the views more interesting. At the top, the pupils saw a rare optical sight called a Brocken Spectre. It is formed when the sun casts your shadow onto the top of a cloud that is below you in a valley. You appear as a long thin shadow that moves as the cloud moves, giving it a spooky appearance. A rainbow forms around the shadow of your body rather like a huge halo. Each observer has the best view of their own optical shadow and so it is a very personal experience. The pupils were very lucky to see this rare and beautiful sight and I am sure that they will remember it for a long time.