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THA students after completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition

Duke of Edinburgh

On Saturday 25th April 2015 blurry eyed students from Year 9 to 11 pulled back their curtains at the crack of dawn and were met with the sight of the heavy rain. Something they would contend with on their final Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award expedition weekend.

We met at The Academy with surplus waterproofs; spare socks and headed promisingly towards the Chiltern Hills. Upon arrival the students then set off in three separate groups and three separate directions, they were now on their own! Despite the long distance between start and finish and the steepness of many of the hills, they all managed to make it through the day in one piece! With weather improving and spirits high they set up their tents, found some time for a quick game of touch rugby and used the camp stoves to rustle up some questionable “highly nutritious” meals. With the students shattered from a day of adventure they retired to their tents just before the weather took another nasty turn.

We were met in the morning to some soggy tents which were quickly packed away and off they went ready for day 2. Another gruelling 6 hours of hiking and expert map reading before collapsing onto the bus with Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award under their belts!

The students were a credit to the school and I would to once again thank Mr Littlewood and Mrs Leonard for giving up their weekend to ensure the students were safe and motivated. I hope to be writing a similar report next year when these students embark on The Academy's first ever Silver Award!

Mr R Bourne

Duke of Edinurgh Co-ordinator