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Posted on: 20/09/2017

Bronze Duke OF Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition

On the weekend of 16-17 September 2017, 43 Year 10 students took part in their Qualifying expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The students walked with all their equipment from Chelmer Valley to Danbury, where they camped the night, followed by the next day walking to Galleywood Common to finish their expedition. That’s a total of approximately 25 kilometres!
All of the students that took part did so well and should be proud of their achievements, they were a credit to our school. One student has shared her experience of the Qualifying expedition:
My Bronze Duke of Edinburgh was an experience I will never forget – from getting lost for over 3 hours in our practice expedition to not getting lost at all on our qualifying expedition (minus a slight detour!) The Award is not only about becoming recognised and achieving the accolade, as in the end it came down to how well my group bonded and worked together as a team, to all have the best possible experience. One of my favourite parts of the recent qualifying expedition was when we were all together on the campsite and one of my friends started to sing and play his ukulele; this really lifted everyone’s sprits after a long day of walking! I have learnt new skills which include map reading (which came in useful, most of the time!), team work, leadership skills and organisational skills, which all helped us work together to complete the expedition. I even learnt how to cook (although I don’t think I can live off pasta, but I can try!). My Bronze Duke of Edinburgh experience is one that I will hold onto forever.
Caitlin Beckett, 10S
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