On Saturday 29 April, 23 Year 9 students and 4 members of staff completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice expedition.
The students completed a map reading activity on Farthing Downs and then made their way on foot back to school, carrying all the equipment they needed for an expedition.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. Students have fun, make new friends and improve their self-esteem whilst building confidence. This helps students gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive.
The award is a recognised mark of achievement and enhances CVs and university/ job applications. It is well respected by further education establishments and employers.
There are four sections students must complete for the award. This involves helping the community, becoming fitter, developing new skills and planning and training for an expedition with an overnight stay.
Once they made it back to school, all students pitched their tents and cooked a hot meal in preparation for their qualifying expedition.
Our students took on every challenge with a smile and were a pleasure to support!
Huge thanks to Mr Josef and Mrs Swanton for giving up their Saturday to assist with the expedition.
We are looking forward to the Bronze Qualifying and Silver practice at the end of May!
Miss Perkin and Miss Lynch