Expedition: Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Training Expedition
Dates: 12th-14th October 2018
Location: Peak District National Park
I would like to congratulate our year 11 students on a very challenging Silver training expedition, they battled against high wind, rain, cold temperatures and extreme windchill but still managed to keep positive!
Each and everyone of our students realised the importance of teamwork and challenging weather conditions, I am sure they will never forget their expedition in the Peak District!
Mr J Cudworth (DofE Co-ordinator)
Peak District – Silver DofE Training Expedition by Abbey Fogartaig – 11J
We arrived in the Peak District on Friday morning at approximately 10 am and the weather was cold, wet and windy. We all prepared to walk to our first checkpoint, each group planned to climb Mam Tor but due to the harsh wind/weather conditions Mr Cudworth decided that we had to change route, detour and find another way to get back on our original route.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t clear and when we finally stopped for lunch, we had to eat our lunch in the pouring rain. However, we didn’t let the weather bring us down and we sang and laughed for the whole day!
Eventually each group made it to the campsite. We were lucky enough to have the rain clear, making it easier for us to pitch up our tents and cook tea. Once we had settled for the evening we played cards and later I played a few songs on guitar – everybody sang along together.
Later, some of us had a game of hide and seek but as it became dark we climbed into our tents, making sure to get plenty of sleep ready for day two.
We woke up the next morning to fine rain in the air. We all had breakfast and packed up our belongings ready to carry on our journey through the Peak District.
The weather started off miserable in the morning but as the day continued, the skies cleared and we were blessed with a little bit of sunshine!
The second day was very tiring, we couldn’t wait to get to the campsite to finally sit down and rest. When we arrived at the campsite we pitched our tents once again for the second and final night and cooked our meals. Sadly the second campsite didn’t allow music, so we spent the night chatting instead, and eventually returned to our tents to sleep ready for day three.
The weather on the final day was the worst out of the three days. We woke up to pouring rain and this made it even more difficult to get packed up ready for the day ahead. Although the weather was awful, the route we walked made up for it.
We walked across Stanage Edge which gave us the most incredible view of the rest of the Peak District.
We were able to eat our lunch at Robin Hood’s Cave and explore this amazing location, taking many photographs of the cave and surrounding area.
Once everyone had finished eating we carried on walking in the pouring rain, more eager to finally get back to the bus and rest after a long expedition over three days.
Eventually when our teachers arrived at the finishing location to collect us, we were relieved and excited to go home, but we were very grateful for the views we had encountered and the opportunity we were given. We can’t wait to do our final expedition!
Abbey Fogartaig – 11J (October 2018)
Many thanks to everyone involved. The Duke of Edinburgh award would not be possible without the kind volunteers who give up their time and weekends to give our students the opportunity to take part and accomplish such an amazing achievement.
Martyn Wilson – Thank you for your help in transporting essential equipment required for the expedition, as well as your experience, expertise, guidance and navigation training. Myself and our students from school cannot thank you enough.
Miss K Harvey – Thank you for giving up your time, and supporting every Duke of Edinburgh expedition at school. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and commitment. You are supportive and committed to the students involved and it’s obvious that you enjoy holding our expeditions together. Thank you.
Mr Jon Cudworth (DofE Co-ordinator)
Congratulations go to our Year 11 and Year 7 boys’ football teams who this week saw off the competition from a local Bury school and a Manchester grammar school.
In the first round of the English Schools’ Competition, our year 11 squad comfortably beat St Monica’s RC High School 5 goals to 2; and a team of Year 7s from William Hulme Grammar ended up conceding the match following a relentless onslaught from our boys in red and black.
There were goals a-plenty too during a Year 7 friendly against Elton High School, which ended in a closely fought 3 – 3 draw.
A massive well done to all our footy teams for their efforts this week!
Our school’s Duke of Edinburgh organiser, Mr Cudworth would like to congratulate our year 11 students on one unbelievably difficult training DofE experience at the weekend – the last three days have seen some very challenging weather conditions, rain & wind, wind chill, etc.
Unfortunately, some of the planned routes had to be changed due to dangerous wind speeds, but everyone involved did exceptionally well. In addition to taking on some impressive navigation and well-executed decision making, the students’ unrelenting dedication to helping each other through the difficulties has made Mr Cudworth along with all our staff, so very proud and impressed with all of them. These students are an asset to the school at the highest level.
A full blow by blow account of the training weekend is to follow very soon, along with a selection of photos.
Our Year 10 and Year 11 girls football team had a clean sheet against other Bury schools with some great saves by Georgia Hodson and Zoe Parker, and solid defending by Caitlin Brown, Ruby Pilkington, Ellie Stokes and Liana Mae Cass. They beat Castlebrook 5-0, St Gabriel’s 1-0 with some class goals from Beth Schofield and Chloe Chapman, and had 0-0 draws with Woodhey and Bury Church. 1st place was awarded to Tottington over Bury Church due to goal difference (1 goal in it!)
Fantastic performance by Mrs Carter’s dream team!
I am pleased to be able to offer your child the opportunity to take part in a school trip to Winmarleigh Hall PGL, In Preston, Lancashire from Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th July 2019. The trip will be led by Mr Ishtiaq (Head of Year 7), organised through PGL Travel Ltd.
What’s it all about?
The trip features an action-packed itinerary of adventure activities but it’s not only about having fun. While they are enjoying themselves, students will be learning new skills, rising to new challenges and developing their confidence. The trip will be a great reward for a successful transition to Tottington High and enable the students to develop new skills as they get ready for Year 8. We have chosen to book with PGL because not only do they offer excellent value but they also have a reassuring 50 years of experience organising trips for schools. Their extremely high standards mean that students will be in safe hands at all times. Visit PGL‘s website www.pgl.co.uk to find out more about the company and the location we will be visiting.
What does it cost?
The cost per person is £192 which can be paid in instalments prior to the trip.
The cost includes:
- Return coach travel from school
A full daily programme of adventure activities
Fun evening entertainment
All meals and accommodation
Full comprehensive travel insurance (details available on request)
There are no extras, however if you wish, you can provide a small amount of pocket money for your child to spend in the gift shop.
What do I need to do next?
If you would like your child to go on the trip, please place your completed reply slip into an envelope, labelled Year 7 PGL ACTIVITY TRIP, also enclose your monies/cheque for the deposit of £70 by Thursday 18th October. Please note our easier and preferred payment option is to pay on line (details on the reply slip). Further payments will be required as set out below. Please note that once deposits have been paid to PGL they are not refundable and terms and conditions will apply.
- £61 by Friday 15th February 2019
£61 by Friday 29th March 2019
If you have any particular questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation in the trip please don’t hesitate to contact me. Once places have been booked more information will follow including a parents evening about the trip in school.
Mr A Ishtiaq
Head of Year 7
PGL Letter 2018-2019