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Nearly on top of the world... and put their stamp on it!

Published Friday 20th of February 2009 07:45:17 PM

Pupils and staff from Dauntsey's School have been immortalised on a postage stamp issued by the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

The stamp features a photograph taken in December 2005, when 17 pupils and three staff were the first ever school group to visit the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Independent travel to Bhutan is not permitted and visitor numbers are strictly limited in order to protect the culture and environment of the country, where 'Gross National Happiness' is the key aim of the national government.

The stamp, which is for 10-ngultrum (the Bhutanese
national currency), shows the group against a stunning mountain backdrop.

At the time the photo was taken, the pupils from the co-educational school in Wiltshire had no idea it would be used on a stamp.

Stewart Roberts, Head Master of Dauntsey's, a co-educational independent secondary school in Wiltshire, said: 'This is a real honour. It was a great privilege for our pupils and staff to be allowed to visit this special and remote corner of the world. We are delighted that what was such a memorable event has been commemorated by the Bhutanese people in this most significant way.'

Dauntsey's Expedition and Mountaineering Society is now preparing for its second visit to Bhutan, to take place in December 2009.
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