Over 150 students from Year 9 and 10 took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May in the New Forest. The girls were split into teams of between four and seven and had to carry all of the equipment needed for an overnight expedition.
The first day was spent with an instructor, going through a range of situations that they may encounter, and putting into practice the navigation skills they learnt on the training day. The overnight camping was pretty tough, with the temperatures dropping to around five degrees, but the girls coped very well. The only reported injury, apart from aches and pains, was an incident with a scary dog that resulted in an injury described as "a wag in the eye".
The Year 9 qualifying expedition will run from 2-3 June, with the Year 10 qualifier on 7-8 June.
Many thanks to Mr Leaker who ran the Year 10 group and Mr Aldridge, Mrs Hankinson, Ms Hotchkiss Ms Pym, Ms Tasnim, Mr Murray, Mr Tibbits and Ms Lambert who gave up their time to support the trip.
Mr McDonald, DT Teacher & DoE Co-ordinator