DofE Award expedition completed

Year 9 pupils faced both heavy rain and hot temperatures as they completed the expedition part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.

The weekend included over seven hours of hiking across Cannock Chase on Saturday, camping under the stars on Saturday evening before another days walking.

Mr Hunter leads the DofE Award training and says they had to cope with some extreme conditions:

“The weather was mixed, with heavy rain showers followed by blue skies and hot sun on both days, but this didn’t dampen their efforts. All teams completed their routes, with a couple taking slightly longer routes than planned. Day two in particular showed improvement, with excellent accuracy and timing.

After making camp and cooking a well-earned evening meal, the pupils took the opportunity to socialize with friends new and old, playing a mixture of games or just resting ahead of the second day of walking. However, with the European football quarter-finals being played that evening, staff had arranged for pupils to be able to watch if they wanted.”

Bronze awards will be presented at the start of the new academic year for those who complete all aspects of the DofE scheme.

Mr Hunter has also paid tribute to the staff who made the expedition happen:

“A massive well done to all who took part and a special thank you to all the supporting staff, Mr Watson, Mr Mumby, Mr Legood and Miss Healey, without their assistance these opportunities could not be offered to our pupils.”