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DOE Silver June 2009

On Wednesday 24th June at 8.00am, 20 enthusiastic pupils arrived at school ready to set off on their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award practice expedition. The eighteen Year 10s, one Year 11 and one Year 12 were accompanied by Mr Baker, Mr McInerney, Miss Lay and two Year 11 students on a three day walk totalling 48km around the area of Clun (Shropshire).

The weather could only be described as a ‘mixed bag’, with sun tan lotion required for the first two days as the participants walked through intense heat but on the last day, however, cooler temperatures brought mist and heavy rain.

Upon arriving in Clun, each group set off on a gentle route, with the leaders teaching the basics, including how to orientate the map, things to look for in the scenery around you, and how to measure distances through pacing and timings. The first night’s camp was in the village of Newcastle, where the pupils tucked into a variety of pasta and rice-based meals, and then played a few games on the field before Mr McInerney ushered them off to bed.

The second day brought with it new challenges. There were a few disgruntled faces as a result of having to get up at 7 o’clock, but the pupils set off bright and early after a hearty breakfast of bacon or sausages. After teaching the groups about how to take a bearing, the teachers and Year 11 students took a back seat and it was up to the groups to get themselves to the next campsite, Chapel Lawn Farm. Many of the participants experienced difficulties and challenges – physical, mental and even personal – but all three groups successfully arrived at the campsite without too much trouble (despite a few navigational errors!)

We were also pleased to see a familiar face, Miss Helen Grant - a regular on the Year 7 Guernsey camp, who had just completed a Duke of Edinburgh expedition with her own school - came to join us in Miss Lay’s temporary absence overnight.

On the third day, it was left entirely to the groups to get themselves to the finishing line. The two Year 11 students walked with two of the groups, and the staff drove around in the minibus to meet them at checkpoints and make sure they were ‘on track’. Although extremely tired and their feet covered in blisters, the pupils pushed themselves to the limit and each one of them completed the 48km walk in good time.

All of the participants worked extremely hard and should be proud of their achievements. They have learnt many new skills, which they can now take forward to the qualification expedition on and around the Long Mynd in the autumn. There were many laughs and memories that will not be forgotten, and despite the blisters, tiredness and tears, each and every one of the pupils did themselves proud and showed real character and determination. Well done to them.

A huge thank you also to: Miss Grant, who had already spent three days on an expedition herself, Miss Lay and Mr McInerney, who showed real commitment despite needing to be at the Year 13 Prom shortly after arriving back at school and Mr Baker, who continues to show great dedication in his leadership of the Silver Award, allowing it to continue to be an integral part of school life.


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