Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze. On 21st and 22nd March a group of Year 10 students took part in their assessed Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, hiking through the Kent countryside in the glorious sunshine and camping overnight. They put into practice their navigation and camp craft skills as well as working as a team. We would like to thank all the students that took part. We were extremely impressed by their determination, commitment and exemplary behaviour. A huge well done to everyone that took part.
Mr Holvey, Ms Loveridge and Mrs Sullivan.
Here some of the students share their experience:
“It was a good trip with friends and nice weather. I feel like I have improved my map skills over the weekend” Leon.
“I found the D of E expedition a bit tiring but great fun also. It was great for building independence (we navigated, cooked and put up our own tents), whilst also teamwork – we had to agree on a route, organise food together, encourage each other” Josh.
“Our D of E team worked really well together and everyone contributed towards the day. We checked the map every time we thought we were going wrong which prevented us from getting seriously lost. The weather was really good and we all had fun. It was a good chance to socialise with people we don’t usually talk to” Izzy.
“D of E was quite fun, we were very organised and we always knew where we were, even if we took a wrong turn. It was quite challenging to carry so much for that distance but it felt very rewarding to complete” Ross.
“During the weekend of D of E, even though it was tiring, you did learn new skills such as teamwork, making the weekend more fun” Gabriella.
“I learnt how to keep going no matter how much my brain was telling me to stop. I also put lots of effort into each step I took to avoid being at the back. Our group was very good at keeping our spirits high. At one point we were even singing!” Ruby.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – Silver.
During the weekend of 13th-15th April, this group of Year 11 students successfully completed their qualifying expedition for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the Ashdown Forest. They walked over 50kms over 3 days through very muddy conditions, I was particularly impressed with the groups teamwork and positive attitude throughout.