Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Training Weekend

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Training Weekend

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We arrived at Burnsall Bridge at 9am, ready and packed for the day ahead of us. Thankfully, the weather was on our side and the sun was shining, making the day even more enjoyable. A few minutes into our journey, we could feel the sense of community in the Yorkshire Dales as we came across a box of cookies, flapjacks and eggs and they trusted you to put £1 in the box when you took one. We reached our checkpoint later than planned, however we weren’t to worry as we knew we’d be able catch up soon enough. We made it from checkpoint to checkpoint throughout the day, experiencing the country side properly for the first time.

We all arrived at the campsite and immediately pitched up our tents and cooked tea. After settling down, it was time for the much-anticipated talent show, where we watched Rhiannon, Garlin and Lily perform a comedy sketch and Beth and Izzy perform a dance routine. After the talent show, we all sat together, talking and having fun, bringing us all closer together. Suddenly, it began to rain, but that didn’t stop our high spirits. Around 10pm we settled in our tents for a long night of rain.

We woke up the next day to the sun shining once again. Although tired, we were ready for our second day of adventures. Again, we strived from checkpoint to checkpoint, singing along to Oliver’s ‘Repeat After Me’ songs, keeping our morale high. Finally, each group arrived at the minibus very tired, but we all can’t wait till our final expedition!

By Rhiannon Ashton and Abbey Fogartaig, Y10

by May 18, 2018 No Comments
DofE Silver Award Practise Expedition 2018

DofE Silver Award Practise Expedition 2018

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Having completed and enjoyed doing the bronze award last year we all decided it was a good idea to do our Silver award this year, despite knowing what was in store for us. So on Friday morning the twelve of us arrived in school excited but slightly dreading the 3 days ahead of us.

When we reached our start point from Clapham it was raining, as per usual, but we eventually set off, trussed up like chickens, after Molly had found a way into her Brothers over-sized coat she had accidentally brought. We walked as fast as possible determined to reach our checkpoint on time. When we arrived no-one was there to meet us and we realised none of us had thought to bring a watch, so we decided we must be late and set off to checkpoint 2. Half way there we met our Leaders Martyn Wilson and Miss Harvey and found out we were half an hour early! The rest of the day we were able to walk, slightly slower, and navigate to our campsite whilst singing ‘Country Roads’ the entire time.

This time all the necessary jobs at camp seemed much easier especially putting the tents up so Beker, Molly and I found time to play football with Martyn – although not very well. We were also able to visit the spectacular Stainforth Force waterfall which was just a few metres from the campsite.

Overnight it was freezing. I got a grand total of approximately 10 minutes sleep and others didn’t seem to do much better. Why did I think it was a good idea to not wear socks? I was in a tent, in a thin sleeping bag and it was 2 degrees outside! Surprisingly we weren’t too tired in the morning and were able to cook breakfast and pack away and only set off twenty minutes late despite Beker disappearing when the rest of us were ready.

Once again we were able to navigate to our checkpoints and we met the teachers at the third one where we were the audience to a crazy bloke under the bridge preaching about God. Once we set off again Ellie found my new prised possession. A tennis ball! Which I meticulously kicked through every field for the rest of the expedition.

We arrived, for once before the other team (who reached the campsite after we had erected our tents, showered and eaten our tea). Beker and I then found time to revise, on the minibus, which led to us travelling to Settle with Martyn and Miss Harvey for them to buy takeaways. But they wouldn’t give us any, although, Miss did buy everyone custard. That night we wrapped ourselves in everything we had; including an emergency foil blanket in Molly’s case, in order to get a better sleep. Luckily we did.

The final day began with a bog, which I didn’t see at first so went straight in up to my knees whereas everyone else ingeniously used a gate to swing across and avoid it. We then saw the other team at various stages for the rest of the walk even stopping for dinner in the same village. Soon after we entered a field with the dreaded cows in it for the first time this year but luckily this time they were friendly and showed us the way instead of trying to attack us!

We finally arrived at the minibus to go home, after 40km of walking and two relatively sleepless nights, elated but tired.

We now look forward to the final expedition.

Thank you to Mr Cudworth, Martyn and Miss Harvey for taking us.

Jo Woodman – Yr11

by May 16, 2018 No Comments
Bronze and Silver D of E Training Weekend

Bronze and Silver D of E Training Weekend

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Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh candidates had a weekend of intense training ready for their training expeditions at the Yorkshire Dales.

On Saturday morning our year 10 Bronze Award trainees set off from Tottington High School in the morning split into two groups, one group headed towards Holcombe Hill along with Miss Harvey and Miss Duke and the other group in the direction of Affetside with Mr Cudworth, the 11 kilometre route crossed over halfway and the groups enjoyed dinner together, with the weather on our side we continued back towards school throughout the afternoon arriving back shortly after 2.30pm.

Compass navigation, map reading, measuring distance were amongst topics covered on the day and everyone enjoyed themselves taking away many new skills in preparation for their next challenge, two days with overnight camping. Well done to everyone involved.

On Sunday morning our year 11 Silver candidates arrived early at school and we set off to climb Pendle Hill at a height of 557m, all our students had to carry rucksacks with appropriate weight to replicate expectations on expeditions that are planned shorty over three days with overnight camping.

We arrived at Barley in Pendle early morning and split into two groups, both groups set off to navigate approximately 10 kilometres to climb the mighty Pendle Hill and along the way practiced many skills that they had mastered last year throughout their Bronze Award along with leaders Mr J Cudworth and Mr M Wilson.

Everyone managed to summit the hill and enjoyed lunch in perfect weather conditions for the time of year, perfect visibility allowed our students to look over towards Holcombe Hill and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in the distance.

After dinner everyone descended back towards Barley and some of us enjoyed ice cream before heading back to school after a challenging day.

Well done to everyone involved and thank you to all staff who volunteer and give up their weekends, Duke of Edinburgh would not run without your kindness.

Mr J Cudworth (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)

by Mar 28, 2018 No Comments
Garfieh runs for DofE fundraiser

Garfieh runs for DofE fundraiser

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On Sunday 4th February, siblings Garfieh & Garlin Cheung, along with Jo Woodman and Miss Harvey took part in a sponsored 10km run around Tottington to raise money for this year’s Duke Of Edinburgh expeditions. Garfieh himself organised the run, and so far he has raised over half of the money that he and the other DofE students need. However, he still has some way to go. So if you would like to sponsor Garfieh to help him reach his target, please see him in school this week, or speak to Miss Harvey or Mr Cudworth (Duke Of Edinburgh organiser).

If you are interested in taking part in the Duke Of Edinburgh programme, check out our DofE page by clicking or tapping the link below:

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Garfieh and runners reach the finish


by Feb 4, 2018 No Comments
Duke Of Edinburgh – Expedition & Training Dates

Duke Of Edinburgh – Expedition & Training Dates

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The dates for 2018 are as follows:

  • Day Walk (Bronze Level) – Saturday 24th March 2018
  • Day Walk (Silver Level) – Sunday 25th March 2018
  • Training expedition for Silver Award – Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April 2018
  • Training expedition for Bronze Award – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May 2018
  • Final expedition for Bronze Award – Thursday 7th & Friday 8th June 2018
  • Final expedition for Silver Award – Saturday 30th June, Sunday 1st July & Monday 2nd July 2018

Click here to find out more about the Duke Of Edinburgh programme

by Jul 13, 2017 No Comments
DofE Bronze Award Success for Year 10

DofE Bronze Award Success for Year 10

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This year some of our Year 10 students have taken part in the Duke Of Edinburgh Award Programme and we are proud to announce that all twelve pupils have achieved the Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh Award. Next year, they will all take on further challenges towards the Silver Award.

Well done and congratulations to everyone involved!

Mr J Cudworth. (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)

Year 10 students (pictured) receive their Bronze Award Duke of Edinburgh certificates


by Jul 4, 2017 No Comments
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