Fabulous effort by Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students ahead of their practice expedition
A big shout out to our 31 Year 11 students who completed a busy weekend of expedition training. Due to lockdown, the students hadn’t been able to work on their D of E so with the support of staff, and the great team of leaders from Marrick Priory, they are working really hard to fit in their expedition in the next three weeks, before the days become too short to complete the walking elements. At the weekend, they spent Friday evening after school learning about what is required of them during an expedition and doing teambuilding activities. On Saturday, they met in Reeth with their leaders and following a briefing in their five groups, they walked between 7 and 9 miles in and around Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. On Sunday, they returned to school to learn first aid, putting up tents and how to use the stoves.
Mr Birdsall who accompanied the students on the walk and the training said: “The students were amazing, they really embraced the activities and worked exceptionally well in their teams, supporting each other whilst also having fun.”
This weekend, will see the students have a full practice expedition, starting at Castle Bolton, overnight camping at Marrick and then returning to Reeth, with their full expedition a couple of weeks later.
Well done to all the students who took part and an extra-special thank you to Mr Potter, Mr Birdsall and Miss Pemberton for giving up their weekend.