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“Absolutely Brilliant” Bronze girls

This weekend saw thirteen of our Year 10 girls pass with flying colours  their challenging Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Mrs Grove said, “The girls worked in two groups and both were absolutely brilliant! Great team work,  no complaints, nobody got lost, everyone was on time and where they should be. The Dof E external assessor was so impressed that he asked far harder questions than for a normal Bronze award, and said that the girls were all at Silver standard already! Well done – and thanks to Mrs Wickham for coming along to help, too.”

Our congratulations to Rosamaria, Caitlin C, Caitlin M, Isabelle S, Isabel H, Sophie B, Sophie S, Lucy, Clara, Darci, Faith-Marie, Mia and Rebekah!

Did you know…?

The Bronze D of E expedition challenge involves planning, writing route cards and navigating a 12km walking route along mainly footpaths.  Once the candidates successfully reach camp six hours later, whatever the weather, they set up their own tents and equipment and cook an evening meal on a trangia, a small outdoor cooking stove. The next morning they get breakfast, decamp and walk a second 12km planned route to their collection point. HOHS is an accredited DofE centre and we are very proud of our record of almost every girl in our senior year groups achieving the awards.

Mrs Grove


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Bronze and Silver D of E Practice

Both Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award candidates were out at the weekend on their practice expeditions.

We set off early on Saturday morning and, having seen the dire weather forecast, were wondering how wet we were going to get. Luckily for us, though,  the area of North Norfolk we were in had very little rain so all we saw was a few spots and some glorious rainbows.

All of the groups walked and navigated well. They were cheerful throughout and worked brilliantly within their teams. They are really prepared for their assessed expeditions in two weeks time (for the bronze award)  and three weeks (for the silver).

Well done, girls!

Mrs Grove

 


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Update: Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

Our Bronze and Silver candidates have all now finished (and passed!) the expedition component of their awards – congratulations to them all as these are rigorous tests.

Just before the half term break, the two groups separately, and successfully, ventured out to navigate the footpaths of Norfolk and Suffolk as well as practising their skills in cooking, campcraft and data collection.

The Bronze group’s luck held with the weather, which was unseasonably mild and sunny for their weekend away; however the Silver group had to contend with heavy rain and wind alongside the early dark nights after the clocks changed. Despite this, they managed to retain their humour and successfully completed every task.

The Gold group, meanwhile, are just about to begin the preparation for their challenge.

Well done, girls!

Mrs Grove


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Year 10 pass their Bronze D of E

Last weekend saw further success for the Year 10 Bronze D of E groups. The girls effectively navigated the paths and fields of south Norfolk, cooked and camped with great precision and even managed to miss the thunderstorm.

It was a real Harry Potter moment when the dark clouds parted on either side of us. Some of us enjoyed the fantastic pyrotechnic show that day – others not so much!

Congratulations to all the girls on passing their expedition.

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice


On Saturday 20th September the participating Year 10 students left school in the minibuses for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.
 

The weather was overcast but not cold, so ideal for walking. Setting off from either Swannington or Cawston Church, the girls walked for 12.5km along narrow lanes and footpaths, some of which were very overgrown with nettles and brambles. This was their first unaccompanied walk and the groups navigated successfully, following the OS map and route cards with due care and attention.

They arrived at the campsite in plenty of time to put up their tents and cook their evening meal. It was their first time to camp on D of E and they all organised themselves efficiently, with a variety of menus for their evening meal. A full day of walking meant they were all very hungry, so some students chose to eat lots of different small courses; one reckoned she ate 7!

As darkness fell at 7.30pm they all prepared themselves for bed and before long the campsite was quiet as everyone was tucked up in their tents. An early night was had by all.

The girls emerged from their tents at 6.30am and started to prepare for the day. After a hearty breakfast of porridge, pancakes and cereal bars, washed down with plenty of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, they all set off from the campsite at 8am for another successful walk through the fields and lanes of Norfolk.

Well done girls on a successful practice expedition. We look forward to your qualifying venture on Saturday 11th/ Sunday 12th October 2014.

Mrs Grove
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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice

On a hot and sunny Saturday, twelve of our Year 9 students arrived at school bright and early to prepare for their one-day Bronze Duke of Edinburgh walk.

After learning how to pack their rucksacks and marking their routes on to a map, we drove to our starting point. The two groups learnt how to navigate around a course of nearly 14km whilst carrying their bags. It was hot and tiring but they all worked really hard and were able to decide in which direction they should be walking.

Well done everyone, you are now ready for your two-day practice and overnight camp in September.

Mrs Grove

DofE (june 14)


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Year 10 pass their Bronze D of E

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group set off on their final, assessed expedition.

Walking through Norfolk fields, crossing over ditches and navigating through woods was their task for the two days. All three groups were cheerful and very determined not to get lost en route. They collected data from churches, took photographs and wrote information about the nature that they saw.

The first day went without a hitch with everyone arriving on time at the campsite. After putting up their tents and cooking their meals (some groups had 4 courses, where did they put it?) they settled into their cosy tents for the night.

Sunday started bright and breezy. They were up at 6.30 and had cooked breakfast and decamped by 8.30-9.00. Following their routes northward some groups met fields of obstinate cows whilst others saw farmers who did not like people walking on the paths on their land. However nothing phased these girls and after 6 hours they all met their assessor, again, at the end of the day.

Congratulations to the Year 10 girls on passing your expedition. Well done!

Thanks must also go to Miss Mann and Mr Johnston, who, without their help I could not run the D of E.

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