CRANBOURNE DUKE OF Year 10 students have been working hard this year to earn their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. To achieve the award they have had to take part in a range of
COMMENTS ABOUT THE EXPEDITION FROM THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH STUDENTS
activities which enable them to develop a number of “The expedition was a great learning experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
essential life skills. The four sections that must be completed before the
“It was definitely the best part of DofE and I brought my harmonica to keep the team’s morale high.”
students can receive their award are:
“Never before have I been so tired, painful, annoyed but happy and pleased with my team and myself in my life!” “It was a good laugh and fun to do it with the people who were in my team.” “It was good to get to know everyone on my team and work together to complete the expedition.” “It was a fun time and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
The students have recently completed the expedition section of the award and details of the weekend can be found on the opposite page.
STUDENT PROFILE Leon Cooke is one of the students working towards achieving The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. We asked him to tell us about his experiences so far.
“Really fun and I learnt a lot.”
What made you decide to join D of E? I wanted to build on skills that I was lacking in, like teamwork. It’s an exciting new adventure and it will also improve my CV as it prepares me for working life. Can you name one challenging aspect of the award that you overcame? The camping. I found it really hard carrying that massive backpack full of stuff and getting around with it on the expeditions! I’m not used to that but I was determined to keep going because my team wanted to get to the end and I didn’t want to give up or let them down. What are you most proud of achieving so far? My volunteering. I did babysitting and it was hard work as I’m not used to looking after younger children. I’d never done it before so I was proud of doing a new challenge and trying something out of my comfort zone. I could have chosen to learn a new language, which I know I’m good at, but I went with something more challenging instead. What three words would you use to describe your overall experience? Exciting, tricky and rewarding. What advice would you give to students who may be thinking about doing the award next year? You must be prepared to work in a team and concentrate on teamwork, and don't do it if you don’t want to give up some of your time. If you stick to the rules and times they set it’s really rewarding. Although it’s hard at times it’s worth it and don’t be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone.