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Duke of Edinburgh dress rehearsal - by Charlotte D

posted 14 Jun 2017, 07:53 by Michele Colt
On the weekend of 13
th May, thirty-four pupils ranging from Year 9 up to Year 13 took part in the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This expedition was a practice for the real thing in June. Many pupils had never been camping or hiking before; very exciting! Early on Saturday morning, the pupils arrived at school, stocked up with ASDA’s finest snacks, waterproofs and all their equipment, ready for a weekend of camping and hiking in the Surrey Hills. The drive up there took us through the chocolate-box village of Shere, and we all held our breath as the coach driver skilfully navigated his way through the narrow country lanes. Once set up at the campsite, tents at the ready, the pupils split into four groups, all accompanied by teachers. Armed with a compass, map, and route card, each group was responsible for navigating to their next checkpoint, a process that would take 6 and a half hours walking through the forests and hills. One group managed to cover around 15km in one day! Sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows was a nice end to the long day. Despite some getting lost, panting for breath on steep uphill climbs, and cooking their own meals in the evening (noodles aplenty!) it was warming to see everyone bonding and working together, and the teachers were extremely proud of the maturity, behaviour and teamwork that each group demonstrated. We wish all pupils the best of luck for their next expedition. Massive thanks to all the teachers who volunteered to help out with the weekend, and a bigger thanks to Ms McCarron for organising it all!