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Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice Expedition

On Thursday 12th May, we took 14 Year 10 students to Swansea for their Silver DofE practice expedition. It was fantastic to see the students take part in this experience, particularly as they hadn’t previously had a chance due to COVID-19 restrictions last year. 

TDofE Group putting up tentshey set up camp on Thursday evening and cooked their meals on Trangias. Participants then spent Friday and Saturday following their routes (or not following them as the case may be…!). The weather was great, and all students successfully made it back to camp before packing up and setting off early on Sunday morning. Mr Hellier, Ms Obmann and Miss Johnson really enjoyed the weekend and hopefully everyone is all set for the final expedition in the Peak District this week! See below some trip updates from two or our Year 10 students. 

DofE group of boys

Day 2 update 

Day 2 update 

After a five-hour car journey to the middle of nowhere in South Wales, pitching a tent, cooking pasta Bolognese, and playing manhunt with head torches, I woke up to a cacophony of bird songs. Today, we walked 16km in our fellowship of Chris, George, Will, Robin, and Bailey. It was a challenging day for sure - especially the final leg to the final checkpoint!

However, the highlight of the day came very early on in the route where we had a brief encounter with some energetic cows. The only way was through, so we snuck through the gate while the cows didn’t expect it! It was a tiring day but great fun and now my legs and back ache and we’re doing it all again tomorrow…!  

Ellis, Year 10 

DofE girls group