As Christmas approaches, it is a suitable time to reflect on another very successful year for the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award.
This year we have had 35 Year 9 students complete their Bronze Award and a record 17 Year 10 students take part in the Silver Award.
For both awards students must commit to three different disciplines throughout the year; one in each of the following areas – physical, skill and volunteering. Examples of their activities have been returning to their primary schools to coach sport, collecting stamps, playing badminton, dancing, working on the school farm and helping out at the food bank in Southport.
The expedition arm of the award had students attending training classes from November to June before undertaking both a practice and a qualifying expedition. The bronze students also went on a one day practice walk to develop their map reading skills before the expeditions.
The expedition season, itself, started in a wintry March, with the silver cohort waking up to frost covered tents during their practice expedition, and ended in the sun in June for the second bronze group.
In between we were forced to abandon one of the bronze practice expeditions on the Saturday morning due to torrential rain. As with all the expeditions, however, the students had a really enjoyable and rewarding experience.
In total we ran six expedition weekends this year and I would like to thank all the staff who gave up their time to volunteer on the trips.
Next year’s award has already begun. We have had good numbers starting the bronze award in Year 9 and around 20 Year 10 students enrolled to do silver.
Here’s to another eventful 12 months!