Every year, students (aged 14-25) from around the world participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award – a 3-tiered scheme consisting of four/five parts which aim to improve their life skills. These include volunteering, physical, skills, expedition, and residential (for the Gold Award). The three tiers are Bronze, Silver, and Gold – each increasing in difficulty and award worth.
Mrs Lava is the new D of E co-ordinator, and at the end of September, she took a group of intrepid adventurers on their overnight expedition (as part of their Bronze Award): this group was formed of 5 Year 10s (Alicia von Elburg, Holly Allen, Amelia Ison, Jodie Fethes, Mollie Meekins) and 1 Year 11 (Daniel Joo), all of whom walked 22km in two days – carrying all of their equipment and cooking supplies.
During their expedition, the students worked together to complete activities, such as pitching tents and reading maps, in order to reach the end-zone as a team; however, according to Mrs Lava, the best part was making the team pitch the teachers’ tents!
During the expedition, the team have to endure the following; carrying equipment which is 1/3 of their body mass, completing the trek in a time limit, and also ‘reaching’ the mental barrier! Luckily, none of the fearless explorers gave up, and all of them completed the expedition in the required time. All of them are now looking to continue onto the Silver Award.
Speaking about the future of the Award, Mrs Lava said, “Everyone should do D of E – it’s a rewarding experience which helps students develop in all fields”.