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Duke of Edinburgh Award - Bronze Expedition

Congratulations to our Year 10 students who braved the elements and completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition last weekend, walking and navigating over 25km across the beautiful countryside surrounding Stroud.

   During their walk they also had to create a playlist of songs which reflected their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Songs from Mamma Mia proved very popular, and ‘Three Lions’ was sung at top volume…after all, It’s Coming Home!

     Due to Covid-19 restrictions still in place, students carried out day hikes rather than camp overnight, but in every other respect, this was just like a standard expedition. The students hiked for a day, pitched their tents and cooked an evening meal. They then went home and returned the following morning before setting off on the second day of hiking.

     Many of these students have now finished all sections of the programme and their awards have been sent for verification. A good number of others are on the cusp of completing with just one or two sections to be signed off. Well done to them all. We are very impressed with the resilience and forbearance they have shown in this most difficult of years, when voluntary, physical and skill activities have been disrupted by the shutdown periods. They should all feel justifiably proud of themselves.

     D of E is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future and as one member of the public explained to one of the groups during the walk, she always looked for those who had completed a D of E award when she employed new staff for her business.

     In the last month, 68 Year 9 students have registered for Bronze D of E and we wish them well as they start completing their chosen activities. We also plan to launch the award to our current Year 8s in September and hope similar numbers will sign up.