Last week pupils in Year 10 packed their rucksacks and ventured out into the stunning Kent countryside, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition. It was a glorious week of sunshine for it, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees on Friday.
The training comprised of a specific expedition preparation day, where the pupils practised putting up their tents, learning how to use the trangia stoves, learning the countryside code of conduct and many other useful skills and tips from Duke of Edinburgh coordinator and Head of the CCF, Mr Hill.
During the expedition phase, the pupils were dropped off at four separate points and then set off through rural Kent to the scenic campsite in Eastry. This was followed by a night of ‘duck, duck, goose’ and hide and seek, before a well-earned sleep. The walk back to school via Sandwich and Cliffsend the next day was a tough one through the hot weather, as temperatures soared, however, the pupils rose to the challenge and powered through it.
Mr Hill, who coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh Award, commented, “The success of this event was in no small part down to the huge number of staff who gave up their own time to support the pupils through the expedition. I want to congratulate the pupils who completed this part of their bronze award and we look forward to watching them finish off the other sections very soon.”