Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award Practice Expedition 2016

Friday 8th July 2016

Our intrepid Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participants returned back safely to Queen Anne’s School after a testing 5 days in The Lake District.

Painful, enduring, fun, rewarding, sleepless, challenging, adventurous, scenic, eye-opening, patience testing and character building were just some of the words the seventeen L6 girls used to described their experience.  Mr Gary Blunt, Head of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Queen Anne’s, was absolutely delighted with the standard of navigation on display throughout the expedition which really helped keep the girls on track from Coniston Lake – Langdale Valley – Easedale Tarn – Grasmere – Ambleside.

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Weather was typically mixed with two sleepless nights endured through feeling cold and being subjected to strong winds and torrential rain. This never stood in the way of the girls determination and spirit to complete their journey successfully. Verity, Laurie and Doug, who trained and supported the girls throughout our time in Cumbria, were full of praise for our Queen Anne’s girls.  They described them as a determined bunch who embraced learning, were great company and, above all, stressed to Mr Blunt what thoroughly decent young people Queen Anne’s girls are.

Recently appointed Head Girl, Kate Hillas, wrote.

“I don’t think anyone realised DofE could be so challenging, crippling and rewarding, all over the space of 5 days. Overall, the experience was one we would never forget and we all made it out alive ready for the qualifying expedition next year.”

Mr Blunt would like to thank Mrs Sarah Eagle and Ms Bethan Greenhalgh for their brilliant contribution to the whole trip.  Both members of staff never let the girls get away with anything less than the highest of standards; even when the troops were tired and ready for sleep, the deadly duo would be making sure the girls’ administration and camp craft was always 100%.  Hard task masters and great role models – they both scare Mr Blunt!!

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Click here to view a selection of photographs from the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition 2016

 

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