Duke of Edinburgh Award Success
After a two year hiatus, this term saw the long-awaited return of Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Over 50 students from Years 9 to 12 were able to get out into the Chiltern Hills to complete either a two-day (Bronze) or three-day (Silver) expedition.
Carrying all of their equipment and food, students ventured into the countryside around Chesham with the aim of completing their routes, guided only by maps and compasses. They were then entirely responsible for setting up their camp and cooking dinner. Fuelled on a combination of pot noodle and pasta, each evening they planned their routes for the next day.
For some students, this represented nearly two years of planning and, despite the best laid plans, it was only natural that the weather refused to co-operate! Throughout both expeditions, students were at the mercy of some of the most miserable weather that the British Summer could throw at them. An instructor with over 30 years’ experience commented that one particular day was comfortably the worst he had seen; paths turned to mudslides and roads turned to rivers, but our students soldiered on enthusiastically.
All students coped brilliantly with the adverse conditions, and we are incredibly proud of their achievements: they showed great tenacity and teamwork.
Any students interested in starting/continuing with Duke of Edinburgh next year should standby for more information next term, but programmes will run as follows:
- Bronze – Year 9 (Year-Long Enrichment Option)
- Silver – Year 10/11
- Gold – Year 12/13
We hope to see as many students involved as possible involved!
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Published on: 23rd July 2021