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DofE Bronze Training Weekend

DofE Bronze Training Weekend

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Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2019

Thirty four year 10 students enjoyed their bronze training expedition in the Yorkshire Dales, they were split into six groups, dropped off at Gargrave and navigated 20k carrying everything they needed for the weekend, camped overnight on Saturday evening at Threaplands Campsite and continued on their journey throughout Sunday.
Patience, teamwork, camp craft, navigation was something every student should be proud of and I congratulate all of you.

A special thank you to Mr M Wilson, Miss J Chadderton, Mr D Healey, Mrs A Thompson, Mrs S Hugo, without your help I simply could not offer this amazing opportunity to THS pupils.

Their final expedition is fast approaching on 6th & 7th June 2019

Mr J Cudworth – Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

 

by May 15, 2019 No Comments
Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Award Final Expedition 2019

Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Award Final Expedition 2019

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29th-31st March 2019 – Anglesey Coastal Path (North Wales)

Congratulations to seventeen of our year 11 students who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award expedition on the north coast of Anglesey coastal path, each group walked a total distance of approximately 25 miles over 3 days, carrying everything they required for expedition.

Everybody managed to pass their expedition showing fantastic navigation, organisation, communication and group skills over the 3 days, on behalf of myself, our DofE assessor Jenny Mills, we were all extremely impressed with each and every one involved – Well done!

A special thank you to all staff involved, DofE could not run without your kindness to give up your time on a voluntary basis, Kate Harvey, Martyn Wilson, Mrs A Thompson – I cannot thank you enough!

Mr J Cudworth – Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator
 

Silver Award Final Expedition 2019, by Heather Taylor, Year 11

Day 1
Due to traffic, we arrived in Anglesey, or Ynys Mon, an hour late, and so had to change the times for our checkpoints.
We set off along our route, crossing through a field with a very friendly goat. At the top, we found that the field boundary we were supposed to cross was not there, and the pathway had been destroyed. We rang Mr Cudworth as there was no way to continue on our original route, who told us to go up the road and head along a bridleway and meet up with our original route on the other side.

As we walked up the road, Paige remarked that it would all be plain sailing from that point on. On this bridleway, we passed by an abandoned house, which Raghad said looked like a serial killer could be hiding there, and some sorrel plants, which I got everyone to try; but around three quarters of the way along, we found the bridleway had been blocked by a skip, behind which lay a sea of brambles that even the most intrepid adventurer would have balked at. However, there was a gate into a field immediately right of this, so we went into the field to get around, supposing that there would be another stile or gate on the other side so we could continue parallel to the bridleway. When this proved not to be the case, we decided that we would try to go down and get through the school area nearby, as that would likely have roads and ways in and out of this field. To get there, we had to cross stream; both banks were very muddy, though the opposite side did not appear so, so when the first of us jumped across, they nearly fell in, their boot sinking deep into the mud.

After scrambling up the bank, we reached the school, but our way was barred by two thick walls of gorse and bramble bracketing another stream, but through which we could see the school. As there was no way out, we rang Mr Cudworth again, who, after we managed to get him to hear us over the wind, told us to go back to the beginning of the bridleway. As such, we had to cross the stream again from the steeper bank, which was much more difficult than it appeared. Paige slipped going down and we had to haul her out by her bag.

After a brief respite, we decided it would be easier to get down without our bags on, so I carried Paige’s bag across, then dumped both hers and mine at the top of the other bank, in the drier part of the field. Sadie came next, and soon everyone was on the other bank, putting their bags back on. We got lift to the Post Office Checkpoint then walked the rest of way, and reached the campsite first of the groups, despite the delay, and had managed to set up by the time that Pink got there. Harrison, of course, took the Michael about us having to get a lift, but he would regret doing so when his group had to do the same the next day. Once every group had got to the campsite and had tea, we went to beach, where some of the groups climbed on the rocks there, and others had a stroll along the beach.

When we all got back to the campsite, Abbey sang and played guitar, as had become tradition for DofE. Harrison and I also had a go on the guitar before Elizabeth, Rhiannon and Lily sang a song about everyone on DofE. After a little while longer of Abbey playing guitar and everyone chatting in a circle, we decided it was getting close to the shut-off time for noise on this particular campsite, so everyone went to bed.

Day 2
We woke up to pheasants and seagulls making a racket outside the tent. I had slept in spurts due to the cold, which turned out to have been enough to freeze into polystyrene-like foam the bottle of oil-based fly repellent I had brought, but we all seemed relatively well-rested as we set off for our second day. Orange left first, followed closely by pink and blue group. The weather forecast had predicted that to be the coldest of the three days before we had set off for Anglesey, so we all bundled up for our walk. That day was the hottest for us of the three days, and at one of the checkpoints we had to apply sun-cream as we were all getting quite red.

Our day was relatively uneventful; we had no paths which we could not get through, though we had to climb over a couple of fences and gates along our public right of way, and no Alsatians chased us, unlike what happened to Pink group. We passed by a bee farm, which had been there since the …, and Raghad, after saying that she had never had a single blister in her life, ended up with five by the end of the day.

We were slightly behind our times for that day, but we decided that it would be better to get there late than break ourselves trying to make up time, a philosophy that we carried throughout the weekend. We got to the campsite second, and Orange group had already started to have tea by the time that we set our tents up. There was a small holiday house which we had been permitted to use the bathroom and kitchen of, which, compared to the previous campsite, which had no hot water and the only washing facility was a plastic bowl, seemed very fancy indeed, especially the toilet and shower, which were of hotel standard.

Ella and I made tea that day, and it felt like a large amount of time was spent just boiling pasta, though there was enough time to listen to Michael and the others play …. It became very dark quite quickly, and most of us noticed the sheer number and brightness of the stars overhead, though some people remained in the tents. Lily, Paige, Garlin, Tom and I sat on a bench with Paige’s and Garin’s sleeping bags over us, chatting, for a good while, whilst the others sat in their tents and chatted. I went to bed earlier than some of the others, and Paige, Garlin and Tom stayed sat out on the bench until midnight, when they went into their tents.

Day 3
Inside our tent, Ella was the first to awaken on the third day, and tried to wake myself and Paige up, to the complaint of Paige, as it was only just past six. The others soon began to wake up, and, though Oliver agreed that it was half six, Bailey’s watch and the clock in the house both read half seven; thus, we woke up, and set about packing away. Pink and Blue group were the last to leave the campsite, and we set off on the final leg of our journey.

For us, this day was the longest: sixteen kilometres and a whopping 322 flights of stairs, according to the Fitbit that I had taken, a direct contrast to the general assumption that Anglesey is flat: it certainly is not on the coast.
We arrived at the carpark last out of the three groups, as Raghad was struggling, and Paige felt sick during the day, so we stopped a couple of times, but when we finally got there we were greeted by a large cheer before our gear was bundled up into the van, and we set off back to our normal lives.

Our Duke of Edinburgh expedition is something we will never forget and we would like to personally thank all the staff involved, especially Mr J Cudworth for organising our expedition.

Thank you.

by Apr 17, 2019 No Comments
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Day Walks

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Day Walks

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23rd & 24th March 2019

Well done to 34 of our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh participants who practiced their navigation on Saturday or Sunday. They covered a total distance of just under 8 miles and learned compass techniques and map-reading in preparation for their planned expeditions.

All our students did extremely well.

Mr J Cudworth – Duke of Edinburgh coordinator.

Special thank you to all voluntary staff who helped out over the weekend – Martyn Wilson, Mr Healey, Mrs Thompson – Miss Chadderton – Mrs Hugo – Miss Harvey.

 

by Mar 25, 2019 No Comments
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

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Congratulations to eleven of our past pupils who have achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. Over the past twelve months they have undertaken voluntary work within the local community, development of a skill and improved their physical fitness, trained and worked together to navigate for both training and assessed final expeditions walking distances of over 45k!
The students involved trained in the Yorkshire Dales and completed their final expedition climbing the mountainous terrain of the Lake District.

Kaitlan, Kian, Joand Beker have decided to step up to the prestigious gold level and I’m exceptionally pleased and looking forward to guiding them along this challenging journey!

Again, I would personally like to thank Martyn Wilson and Kate Harvey who kindly give up their time and volunteer to run the Duke of Edinburgh award, I simply cannot thank you enough for everything you do, the time you give and your experience when out on the hill with remote supervision, navigation, generally looking after our students and encouraging them along their expeditions is priceless.

Many thanks and congratulations!

Mr Jon Cudworth – Dofe Coordinator.
 

Pictured L-R: Jo, Kian, Garfieh, Beker, Molly, Holly, Rachel, Kaitlan

by Nov 11, 2018 No Comments
DofE Silver Training Expedition – October 2018

DofE Silver Training Expedition – October 2018

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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)

 


 

by Oct 31, 2018 No Comments
Stormy Weather Fails to Dampen Spirits

Stormy Weather Fails to Dampen Spirits

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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.

 

 

by Oct 15, 2018 No Comments