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Orchard School Bristol

Rain won't deter our DofE adventurers

Published on 27/04/18

The threat of rain isn't dampening our students' excitement for their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition this weekend.

Students are due to tackle tough and hilly terrain this weekend as they embark on their practice expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

It will be an early start for our 14 students – from Years 9 and 10 – who will be heading to the Mendips for two days of trekking and a night of camping.

On arrival, they will receive all the necessary training and equipment for the weekend, and then make their way to the campsite for the evening.

At camp, they will be required to make their own dinners and independently plot their routes for the next day.

On the final day, students will put their newly acquired skills to the test, by trekking to the pick-up point in small groups.  

The trip is to prepare our students for their final expedition this summer, which they must pass to achieve their Bronze award. 

Kirsty Newcombe, OSB’s Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be doing Duke of Edinburgh and to be learning essential life skills, which will put them in good stead for the future.

“They’re really looking forward to the expedition, despite the threat of rain. They’re going to be great!”

Mallory Williams, Year 10, said: “This is a totally new experience for me, but I think it will be really fun and I’m ready to take on the challenge – and the rain!

“I believe this experience will help develop my skills in problem solving, teamwork and communication, and will look great on my CV.”

Yasmine Lasku, Year 10, said: “I’m looking forward to developing important life skills, for example, learning how to be more independent and being able to cope with various challenges time pressures.”