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Orchard School Bristol

Great resilience shown in practice DofE expedition

Published on 10/05/18

The threat of rain didn’t dampen our students' excitement for their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.

Students tackled tough and hilly terrain, and chilly temperatures, as they embarked on their practice expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

It was an early start for our 14 students – from Years 9 and 10 – who headed to the Mendips on April 28 for two days of trekking and a night of camping.

On arrival, they received all the necessary training and equipment for the weekend, and then made their way to the campsite for the evening.

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

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

The expedition was 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: “It was a very cold weekend – on the night we camped, it went down to below freezing!

“But our students kept going, showing great resilience and endless determination throughout.

“The weekend was a great opportunity for our students to put into practice their newly acquired skills, such as map reading, in preparation for their final expedition in July.

“It was great to see them working as a team and developing essential life skills which will put them in good stead for the future.”

Spence Wewe, Year 9, said: “The weekend was full of fun challenges and beautiful scenery. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I got to learn new skills such as map reading and how to use a compass.”

Yasmine Lasku, Year 10, said: “Duke of Edinburgh is great for developing important life skills, for example, learning how to be more independent and being able to cope with various challenges and time pressures.”

Mallory Williams, Year 10, said before the expedition: “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.

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