Another successful half term for the Duke of Edinburgh programme
8 November 2016
Over half term three groups of sixth formers set out on their 4 day/ 3 night walking and camping expedition as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. Each group covered approximately 80km around the Yorkshire Dales. Below is a report from Eleanor Lavelle (U6E).
‘Early on Saturday morning 18 U6 formers arrived outside the school, ready for a 6 hour drive to Yorkshire.
All of the groups worked incredibly well together, playing to each other’s strengths and supporting each other at low points over the gruelling 80km expedition. We visited some beautiful sites such as the scenic Linton falls, and trudged through some very soggy terrain on our travels. The third morning marked a flat line in motivation for most, having spent the freezing night in a field with no running water and an ominous shed containing a compost toilet. However everyone persevered and the weather during the daytime was a pleasant relief.
Thanks go to the assessors and all of the teachers who helped us complete this painful but rewarding experience.’ (Eleanor Lavelle, U6E)
Congratulations to all those involved, both staff and students, for a hugely successful trip.
Last year saw 199 new participants sign up for the programme at Norwich School with 139 Bronze, 30 Silver and 30 Gold enrolments; the highest number in Norfolk. This year continues this strong tradition.