It's been another exciting year for our Duke of Edinburgh students. Here's what's happened in 2023:
March/April 2023 DofE
32 Year 9 students from our Years 7-11 day school and two Year 10 students from our International School took part in the Bronze Practice expedition, enduring the rough terrain, sun, and beautiful countryside wilderness of Badbury Hill – a National Trust site. Their Qualifying expedition had to be rescheduled but this has not demotivated any of our students and they are all looking forward to September!
June 2023 DofE
Silver and Gold level Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions took place this month with much excitement and enjoyment. Students walked for 3 hours a day and camped out in tents with their peers, taking part in activities as part of the requirements. 19 Year 10 students from Years 7-11 developed on their existing Bronze award and took up the challenge of the 3-day and 2-night expedition in the region of Ross-on-Wye, which goes toward their Silver award. Our students showed exemplary teamwork, fantastic cooking skills, and immaculate collaboration. In addition, they immensely enjoyed the stunning scenery of the river and wildlife around them. 9 of our boarding and day students from the lower Sixth of the Sixth Form, took on the Gold Award Practice expedition, and stayed out for 5 days and 4 nights across Abergavenny, walking and exploring the valleys of Wales. Our students, from all corners of the world, have outdone themselves and shown an immense level of maturity when presented with these opportunities. This was not an easy feat for any of our participants, but with the right emotional, physical, and moral support from their teammates, they all learnt invaluable lessons from working together and taking on these adventures. Students should feel extremely proud and accomplished from completing these expeditions, as well as for dedicating their time to their volunteering, physical and skills sections over the last 6 months and or longer. Well done all!