Trip of a lifetime for lucky students

Biology students in Kimberley are jetting off to Malaysia at the end of the month for a ‘trip of a lifetime’.

Teachers at the Kimberley School say the A-level students will remember the trip to Kuala Lumpur for the rest of their lives.

The group will carry out surveys on palm oil plantation, coral reef and rainforest and will get involved in conservation work with turtles.

Deputy headteacher Shan Tait said: “The school believes this is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience what is a once in a lifetime visit. The students will not only achieve huge academic benefit but the experience of it will be something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Ms Tait added that Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry was ‘overwhelmed’ by the teenagers’ enthusiasm and the school Governors were ‘very impressed’ with their fundraising efforts.

The invitation to Malaysia came from professor Sayed Azam-Ali, the chief executive officer of the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) after he gave a lecture at the school back in February 2012.

Surveys on palm oil plantations will be carried out in the grounds of the research centre. Students will then spend five days on Tioman Island off the east coast of Malaysia where they will carry out the rest of their studies.

Head of biology Raff Del Buono said: “Students will be staying with families in Kuala Lumpur, benefitting culturally as well as academically.”

A professional firework display held at the school yesterday, June 20, raised money for both the trip and Marie Curie.