2019 Montenegro Expedition announced


Clayesmore is delighted to announce that its 2019 expedition will be an 11 day exploration of Montenegro. 

Starting on the magnificent Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic coast, the itinerary will include a trek in the Kučke Mountains, taking in its rugged peaks, mountain forests and secluded lakes, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durmitor National Park, summiting the country’s highest peak ‘Bobatov Kuk’, before white water rafting along one of Europe’s most spectacular river canyons. There will even be a chance for participants to try their hand at paddle boarding. 

The 2019 Expedition follows a long tradition of Clayesmore adventure trips to numerous locations which have in the past, included China, Chile, Iceland, India, Morrocco, Nepal, and. 

This adventure trip is open to students from Year 9 upwards in the 2018/19 academic year, and places are limited. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Ian Rockett in the CCF for more information. 

There is another Clayesmore connection with Montenegro as the school’s founder, Lex Devine, was good friends with King Nicholas I, and the school accepted a number of refugee children from the country in 1915 when it was engulfed by the First World War. Lex’s efforts on behalf of the country were rewarded in that summer, when Montenegrin ministers in exile visited the school and announced that the king had made him a Commander of the Distinguished Order of Danielo I. When the portrait of Lex which hangs in the drawing room was cleaned in the early 2000s, it was discover that a medal had been painted on his chest.

One of the school’s most distinguished old boys was himself a Montenegrin. John Plamenatz was born in Cetinje and sent to Clayesmore in 1919. He was at the school until 1930, when he left to study PPE at Oxford. He went on to be a Fellow of All Souls and a notable political philosopher, becoming a Fellow of the British Academy in 1963 and Chichele professor of social and political theory in 1967.