This term saw our Duke of Edinburgh Award launched with a strong team of students starting their training. Jimi-Lee, Naveen, Clarisse and Lewis in Year 10 and Cerys and Liesel in Year 9 have started expedition training on Friday afternoons, developing team-building and problem-solving skills. The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award is a real challenge where the team must complete 3 months of volunteering in the community, developing a skill and a physical activity, as well as preparing for an overnight camping expedition in the countryside.
We have been working on practical activities to build trust and cooperation in the group, such as the Blindfold Leading challenge, and Trust Falls. Although quite nervous at first, all team members rose to the challenge and completed the activities; it was great to see them growing in confidence. Problem-solving activities, such as putting up a tent and locating our position on the map to a time deadline, allowed some strong leaders to emerge within the group.
When the weather improves, we hope to take the training sessions outside and develop our map reading, route planning and campsite skills.