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Outdoor Skills Training

Over the weekend 44 students from Years 10 and 12 took part in an outdoor skills event in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. The first challenge was to pitch their tents, bearing in mind many had never slept in a tent before, they were by no means experts (this is why it was a training camp!). However after about an hour the camp site looked far more orderly.

The next task was to cook their evening meal on an expedition stove, again not all students found this easy but with help, support and encouragement everyone had a hot meal and a drink.

The following morning we packed up the tents. We were then fortunate enough to meet Mr John May who is Secretary General for D of E for the whole world. He spoke to the group and wished them good luck on their journey. Mr May referred both to the hike they were setting off on, and their journey through the D of E from Bronze to Gold and hoped he would see some of them in the future gaining their gold in about 8 years time.

Everyone successfully walked the hike route to Hinksey Park , had a quick lunch and came back to school. I am sure both staff and students have gained a better insight into what the Duke of Edinburgh expedition actually entails.


My thanks go to Mr Williams, Mr Costello, Mr Buckley, Mr Clyne, Ms Chaza, Miss White and Mrs Hedges, all of whom gave up part of their weekend to support our students.

Mrs Heydon - D of E Coordinator

Posted: 2015-10-23 14:29:53
Last Edited: 2015-10-23 14:37:04