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Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition, 11 – 15 July 2011

With one week to go before the end of the school year, two groups of Gold expeditionists rose to the challenge of their qualification expedition for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Joe's Peacocks consisted of Tom Stephenson, Joe Mitchell, Colleen Murphy & Jessie McDonald whilst Caroline's Chicks included George McGovern, Liam McHugh, Caroline Harkin & Katrina Walker.


The Black Mountains of Brecon was the chosen destination of the intrepid explorers. As part of their expedition each group navigated their way over 80 km during four days climbing the highest mountains in Southern Britain such as Cribyn, Corn Du, Fan y Big and Pen y Fan.


Joe's Peacocks made light work of the first couple of days with their leader ensuring that lost local livestock was returned to their pens. On the third day they found their overnight accommodation to their liking and chose to hike for another 5km to find a suitable campsite. The last day, saw the weather take a turn for the worse and in poor conditions they chose to take another route up the mountain near Dan Yr Ogof and as the cloud base lowered and in a challenging navigational environment, they made their way back on route and completed their expedition in good time.


Caroline's Chicks chose to bag the highest mountains in Brecon, scaling the highest of these (Pen y Fan) on each of the first two days. Taking the decision to scale the peaks over the first half of the expedition left the latter part as somewhat of a canter in comparison with their leader's staff assisting in navigation, entertainment and sharing the odd splinter.


Both groups finished their expedition with their presentation in the form of songs they had been creating during the course of their travels with lots of correct notes but not necessarily in the right order.


Having successfully completed their Gold expedition, many of the students are now well on their way to completing the full award with each aiming to achieve this within the year.


The students were a credit to both the Award and our school and I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate them on completing what was an extremely challenging expedition and also the staff that helped train and get the most out of the students - Mr Baker, Mr & Mrs Taylor and Mr Houston.


Alex Flood
Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator



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