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Coombes Girls School

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition 12 June 2015

Text Box: Training!This weekend, girls in Year 10 set off for the New Forest at 8am on Saturday ready to do their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award assessed expedition.  After a number of training sessions, after school, at lunch times and at the weekend, it was time for the girls to put all of their skills they had practiced into action.

Text Box: Practice expeditionDuring the week before, the girls had been given a number of coordinates on a map and were asked to plan a route over 2 days which included these check points. When we arrived in the New Forest, they were set off at intervals to see if they could follow the route they had planned. It was a grey day, but the girls set off in high spirits and all arrived at their first check point in good time. They had improved on a range of skills since their practice expedition in the Surrey Hills 3 weeks ago. Their map reading had improved and they were much better at encouraging each other as a team.

The girls continued on their route through the woodland and common land of the New Forest. They were in charge of deciding where they had their breaks, how fast they would go and what they needed to eat along the way.

In the evening, the girls had to pitch their tents and set up where they were sleeping for the night. Then they need to cook and prepare their own meal. Most of them had planned this during the week before so that a group could share ideas and the most importantly the weight of the food out across their bags!

After a night of midges and some sleeping better than others, the girls were off again for their final day. Over the two days they covered about 30 kilometres, with most of them still arriving at the end with smiles on their faces!

Not only have the girls put a lot of hard work into preparing for their expeditions and of course their recent exams, but they have also had to balance managing their time so that they can complete the other sections of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They have to do a physical activity, learn a skill and volunteer for at least 3 months. Some of the girls have done some brilliant activities, which range from golf, singing, baking, football and working with Oxfam to badminton, one to one reading, horse riding, playing a musical instrument and learning to draw.

Text Box: The End!We a proud to say that 28 girls have completed and passed their expedition and should shortly be receiving their awards!

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