April 27, 2018
Six groups of Lower Sixth Formers took to the hills of Snowdonia at the beginning of the Easter break to undertake the training expedition for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Tough conditions were bright and often sunny, overnight sub-zero temperatures made nights and mornings a challenge. Over the course of five days, involving navigation training, a rough terrain exercise and a mini-expedition, the students developed their management of the camp and meal-making, their ability to use map and compass effectively and to make sensible decisions on the hill. While snow and ice on the peaks meant that some steep descents were off-limits, many of the students were exhilarated by being guided over challenging ground on the rough terrain day, which also involved some rock scrambling. The expeditions were completed successfully and all the students are now planning routes for their assessed expedition, with some groups going to the Lake District in the summer term while others will travel to the Italian Dolomites at the beginning of the summer break.
The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s participants conducted their Practice Expedition in the Brecon Beacons during the Easter Break. A total of 105 boys took part with the majority of them now going forward to complete their Qualifying Expedition in the Peak District at the end of June.
We wish everyone lots of luck for their Qualifying Expeditions!