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May 23

The full three courses for our Bronze DofE practice outing

The Year 9’s braved the elements this month and embarked on their first Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition. This is always a massive learning curve for the students. Having to navigate Ordnance Survey maps and putting their classroom Geography to the test; to working as a team to put up tents and cook a communal dinner.  

After 20 years of being a Duke of Edinburgh Manager, I often think I have ‘seen it all’; but then I am continuously surprised by the interesting items students bring on expeditions. These can range from the very daft to the very resourceful! This year the level of thought I saw in the preparation of dinner menus was really impressive; not to mention the finale dessert options courtesy of Haribo!  

I can also bet that the students had the best night’s sleep after seeing many self-inflating mattresses! I know some students had some quite long walks and the camp conditions were rather muddy after recent periods of rainfall, but there were a lot of smiles and positive comments from the assessors as the girls made it to camp and proved their independent survival skills. I wish them the best of luck for their qualifying expedition that is coming up in mid-June.  

Written by Mrs Stevens, Head of Geography, Educational Visits Co-ordinator and DofE Manager

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