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Tremendous teamwork by our Duke of Edinburgh Students

10 November 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Congratulations to our determined Duke of Edinburgh students who all successfully completed their expedition.  The 31 Year 11 students set off from Muker and walked to Marrick Priory where they camped overnight.  The weather was much kinder to them than on their practice weekend, when they encountered very heavy rain and wind, however it was extremely cold, which meant a rather chilly evening under canvas!  On the Sunday morning, the students walked to Richmond.

Tony Potter, D of E Leader, said: “It is always a fantastic achievement for any student who finishes the expedition element of the Duke of Edinburgh award, however for this cohort of students, the achievement has been greater as they had to condense the training into just four weeks.  In normal circumstances, the students have several months to train and prepare for the expedition, but due to Covid restrictions, our only option to enable them to complete the expedition was to do a ‘crash course’ at a time of year that was far less appealing weather wise!

“They braved all the elements but remained in high spirits throughout and have been an absolute pleasure to work with.  Their teamwork and camaraderie were outstanding.”

The students are now looking forward to completing the other elements of the award, including their skills and community work.

Huge thanks again to Mr Potter, Mr Birdsall and Miss Pemberton who gave up three out of four weekends to ensure the training and expeditions could go ahead. Thank you also to Ian Robertson, our former headteacher, who was one of the D of E assessors for the weekend.

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