“A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents…”. This and so much more is what the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about.
At the beginning of December, eight Year 12 students, together with Mr. Matt Harris and Mr. Joe Walker, went on their first training expedition in the Monchique mountains. The main focus during this trip was camp craft, navigation and group management while spending a weekend with friends and colleagues in mountain terrain.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
This year’s assessed expedition will take place in the Lake District, UK, at the end of June and these students will have another opportunity to train in a trip to Sierra Nevada, Spain, during the Easter holidays.
What an amazing chance sharing all these experiences within nature!