EDINBURGH 2013 UPDATE D of E STUDENTS COMPLETE ASSESSED EXPEDITION Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th June, 17 Duke of Edinburgh students went to the New Forest near Lyndhurst with Mr Duffy, Mrs Absalom and Miss Mercer to complete their assessed expedition for their DofE bronze award.
the weight of their rucksacks and the extra pressure of meeting their DofE assessor at various points along the way to check they were on track and demonstrating the necessary skills to pass the expedition, resulted in a very difficult weekend.
This involved walking a total of 24km over the They had to make sure they paced two day period - or a little bit more for those themselves, and one of the most important who got lost on the way! things for them was finding a nice spot for lunch. The walks themselves were challenging They had been working hard planning their but very rewarding. The students were always routes and creating their route cards for a relieved to arrive at the next checkpoint. They number of weeks in the run up to the were also extremely pleased with how far they expedition weekend and all the groups were had walked and how well they were doing. feeling confident and ready for the adventure. At the campsite the teams put their tents up However, they had not been expecting such and made dinner on their trangias. Although high temperatures and that combined with supervised by the teachers and assessors from
a distance, students were left to their own devices. “The two days were tiring and physically demanding, yet it was still one of the best times I’ve had,” said Tom GreenlandJones, one of the students who took part. Most of the students were exhausted after such a long day of walking and found falling asleep in their tents easy! We are extremely pleased to announce that all three teams had a positive debrief with their assessors and passed their final expedition which goes towards their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. Congratulations to all of the students involved and a huge thank you to Mrs Stanley, DofE coordinator, for making it happen.
Message from D of E coordinator Mrs Stanley to this year’s students and staff: “Thank you to Miss Mercer and Mr Duffy for all their hard work this year, as well as Miss Conroy and Mrs Absalom for helping with the practice and assessed expeditions. All your help is greatly appreciated! “The students have thoroughly enjoyed their training and I can see that they have found the experience extremely rewarding. As the school year has progressed, the students have demonstrated an increased level of confidence and maturity towards their DofE award and this is very encouraging to see. I hope they find the skills they have gained to be useful in their future endeavours. Well done to you all!”