In the two days before half-term, fifty pupils from Year 10 set off to the Peak District to complete their Bronze Award expedition, a venture that involved walking for 24-26 kms over two days with one night’s camping. Setting off from the start point at Hassop Station near Bakewell, the groups headed in different directions on their planned routes. While progress was generally good, some groups actually set off in a different direction to their planned route, which added extra distance to the day. However, all got back on track and made it to their campsites. At this point, it started to rain heavily and it did not stop until about 10am the next day. The tents had to go up in the rain, leaving them very wet and all aspects of the camping became a struggle and quite unpleasant. However, there was a very good level of determination shown overall, so the groups cooked their food, sorted their kit and retired to the shelter of their tents.
The following morning it was still raining hard, but again the pupils generally set about their tasks of cooking breakfast, breaking camp and packing their kit with resilience, before setting off on their second day. The groups faced a number of additional challenges on this day, in particular the cumulative effect of carrying heavy rucksacks, being tired and wet for an extended period and navigating in the rain. Team spirit generally shone through and despite the occasional navigational error or sickness among the group, they all made it back to the finish in good spirits. There, the Assessors debriefed the venture and listened to the formal presentations prepared by the groups on topics relating to the expedition. The minibuses were then loaded up and everyone returned to Trent for the kit cleaning session, before dispersing for half-term.
Mr Shuttleworth Coordinator of D of E Award and Expeditions comments “Congratulations to all the pupils who completed the expedition. Many of them should now be able to finish off their Bronze Award. If they want to continue on to Silver, they need to have completed the Bronze fully through D of E by 1800hrs on 1 July. It is now up to the pupils to show the initiative to make this happen.
Finally, many thanks to all the staff who came out to help run and supervise the expeditions. The safe conduct of the ventures depends on such splendid support.”