The prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award gives young people the opportunity to develop skills for life and can be a life changing experience. With four sections to complete at bronze level, students have to show all-round commitment to the programme covering work in the community, developing new skills and planning and completing a tough outdoor expedition. The expedition element is one of the most challenging, but often most enjoyable, aspects of the award and this month, a team of year 9 girls went to Bibby’s Farm Scout Campsite in Chorley for a two-day adventure.
On the first day, the girls worked together to put up their tents and set up camp. There was no time to rest after that though, as the group set off for a 3-4 mile walk, arriving back before dark, just in time to cook an evening meal using the camping stoves. Mrs Richmond and Mrs Wray were both very impressed with the lovely dishes the girls created! After tea, the girls took some time out in the classroom at the campsite to plan their walking route for the following day. Once the routes were all planned out, it was back to their tents to have a good sleep and rest before their big day!
Saturday morning, the girls were up bright and early to make a hearty breakfast to provide lots of energy for their expedition. Once breakfast had been eaten and everything cleaned and tidied away, the girls took down their tents, packed up their rucksacks and set off at 10.30am on their expedition through the West Pennine Moors!
The team walked all day, totalling around five hours by the end of the day! They had been assessed on various criteria throughout the day by the Duke of Edinburgh leaders and we are pleased to say everyone passed the expedition! A huge well done to all the girls who are now well on their way to completing the Bronze award, a widely recognised and respected achievement. Mrs Richmond and Mrs Wray commented that the team were a credit to the school and all worked so hard over the weekend so should be extremely proud of themselves.
Orla, in year 9, was a member of the Bronze Award team. Speaking about the trip, she said, “Duke of Edinburgh was really tiring but it was so rewarding so it was all well worth it in the end! I really enjoyed navigating on the route and building our tents and setting up camp. Cooking together as a group was really fun, we made chicken fajitas and noodles for tea!”
There are so many benefits to undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award. You can complete Bronze and Silver in school and then even go on to try Gold level once you leave Our Lady’s. The Award is unique in that any young person can get involved and push their own personal boundaries to achieve it. The challenge is what makes it so rewarding and our students certainly relished that challenge.
Duke of Edinburgh is a great way to meet new friends, build confidence, experience new places and develop skills you may have never considered. Hundreds of thousands of young people across the country take part in the scheme each year, and we are so pleased to offer it at Our Lady’s. If you are interested in getting involved, speak to Mrs Richmond or Mrs Wray in the PE department for more information.