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Silver Duke of Edinburgh achievers

Congratulations to Gabriella, Hannah, Alice, Aisling and Tayla (Year 11) on successfully completing their assessed silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition last weekend. It was tough, but the girls all excelled in every area, with excellent navigation (don’t believe the locals – you know where you are!), being supportive of others in the team, good camping skills and a huge determination to succeed. The assessor complimented all the girls on their ability to cope with all aspects of the expedition, especially cooking in adverse weather conditions.

Mrs Grove said, “You are all stars. Well done and I hope that you rested those aching muscles before coming back to school!”

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice

On Friday, our Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group set off  for their camping practice expedition in North Norfolk.  The weather was perfect as they hiked with their tents and equipment from Binham to Cley and on to Blakeney.  At Morston, they met up with one of our governors, Mr Myerscough, who joined them for lunch. The Bronze group are also out and about this weekend…watch this space for more pictures and reports from Mrs Grove on both adventures!

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Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice

On Friday 12th September, ten senior students departed bright and early on the minibus for their camping practice expedition in North Norfolk, as part of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

After a long day trudging along footpaths, through woods and across heath land they were all glad to finally arrive at the first campsite. Having cooked their own meal on trangias, the girls spent some time relaxing and chatting before heading off to their tents as the sun set.

Very early on Saturday, one group emerged pre-dawn to cook breakfast (very quietly!) by the light of a full moon. The other group joined them an hour later and everyone left the campsite on time – long before breakfast time on a normal weekend!

Saturday saw a tiring walk along the beach and more heath navigation before arrival at a new campsite near the sea where there was a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, cloud cover meant there were no wonderful skies, but it did mean that a good night’s sleep was had before another early start on the final day. To help tire the girls out even more, Miss Mann challenged them to a bout of ‘shoulder fencing’, a game that she had devised in South Africa!

Everyone worked hard this last day to ensure that they did not get lost and were on time. The expedition was very successful and all the girls are now well prepared for their final expedition, which will take place during the October half term.

Well done everyone!

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Setting off on a Silver D of E hike

Good luck to all our Year 11 students who set off this morning on their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition to Holt.

May the weather remain dry and the blisters stay away! Silver Dof E Sept2014s