Posted on June 21st 2021
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition for Years 9 and 10
Twenty three students from Years 9 and 10 took part in a Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition this weekend, when they travelled to Addington to begin their expeditions.
This was their first practice expedition, as last year’s was cancelled, and they did an amazing job during their first experience of orienteering.
On Saturday, teachers trained the students to map read and use a compass. The students led their groups back to the Frylands Wood Scout campsite and on their journeys encountered stunning scenery and horses, deer and rabbits. Once back at the campsites the teams set up their tents and cooked delicious meals of pasta and noodles.
On the Sunday, students were ready to navigate independently and showed great resilience and determination.
Staff met them at designated checkpoints along the route to check in on their route-finding and were delighted to see that students were making excellent progress. Successfully dodging the rain, all of the students finished their routes and had a celebratory ice cream reward.
The students will continue with their training and prepare for the qualifying expedition on the 9th-10th July.
A huge well done to all the students from Miss Wheatley, Miss Smith and Mr Jellis who had a great time with the students and are so proud of what they achieved this weekend.