Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, expedition presentation 11th September 2019
Fourteen, sixth form students have been working over the past year, towards their silver Duke of Edinburgh award. To complete the award there are four different sections, one of these sections is the expedition; this has 20 requirements, which have to be completed and the final requirement is the students have to give a small presentation on their findings whilst on the Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
The students carried out the expedition at the end of last term, in the Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire. They looked at the flora and fauna along their route. On day one, the two groups encountered wonderful views of the River Wye at Symonds Yacht. On the second day using navigation and map reading skills the students went to the navel temple at Kymin viewpoint and then onto the Kymin trail. On the third and final day, students walked alongside the river Wye.
In the presentations the students, not only talked about the flora and fauna they identified, but also about the skills, they had learnt. Students found they made new friends with people in their group, they learnt how to work as team and remain working as a team even in difficult circumstances. They are also now able to map read and use a compass.
The students feel from the experience they are better equipped to cope with new situations such as when going to university, as they have enhanced their communication skills and gained confidence to thrive in new or difficult situations.
When asked what advice they would give to the next group of students doing the Duke of Edinburgh expedition, the students responded with; break your walking boots in, do not be afraid of speaking up if you think your group is going in the wrong direction, pack light and most importantly, stay positive.