Duke of Edinburgh Award
Duke of Edinburgh Award 2015 - 2016
The dates for all Training, Practice and Qualifying weekends are shown below.
These weekends are compulsory for all participants.
Training Weekend - 16/17 April 2016
Practice Weekend - 7/8 May 2016
Qualifying Weekend - 21/22 May 2016
Training Weekend - 11/12 June 2016
Practice Weekend - 25/26 June 2016
Qualifying Weekend - 8/9/10 July 2016
Duke of Edinburgh 2014 - 2015
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Qualifying Expedition Weekends 2015
More than 80 Y11 students completed a successful Duke of Edinburgh Bronze qualifying expedition over two weekends in September. The students were blessed with glorious weather on both weekends – blue skies and sunshine – although this did mean it was very cold overnight. Starting at Pratt’s Bottom, they walked approximately 8k carrying all of their equipment in their rucksacks. Although some found themselves off their intended route, all were able to use their navigation skills to return to their route and make their way into camp.
Once in camp, they made themselves busy pitching their tents and then cooking their evening meal using the trangia cooking system. Lots of pasta in various guises was consumed, often followed by a dessert involving melted chocolate.
It was early to bed, early to rise with students safely tucked up in their sleeping bags by 9.30pm – yes - Y11 on a Saturday night! Following a cold night, the students were up early to make breakfast, take down their tents, repack their bags and begin their journey back to Pratt’s Bottom.
Throughout the weekend, all students maintained a positive attitude and should be congratulated for this alone; it was not always easy to follow their routes, carrying a heavy (55 litre) rucksack, but they persevered helped on their way by some less than tuneful singing and a variety of sweets!
The Assessors for the weekends were impressed by the students’ attitude, navigational skills and some very inventive ‘expedition aims’ such as ‘I’m a Langley Student, Get me out of here’ or ‘To Capture Iconic Movie Scenes along the route’.
Participants are now working on their presentations which are the final aspect of the qualifying section and often give us a completely different insight into the weekend!
Once completed, along with their physical, skills and volunteering sections, the students will eligible to receive their Bronze Award.
Congratulations to all – you did us proud!
Mrs Sullivan and Miss Hamlett
Presentation Evening 2014
Qualifying Expedition 2014
Congratulations to the 50+ students who completed the expedition section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award at the weekend – they are probably amongst the few who were glad the temperature dropped! They were also fortunate enough to have entertainment provided by the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight with displays from the Red Arrows, Spitfires and Hurricane jets.
Setting off from Farnborough village early on Saturday morning they made their way, with full 60Litre rucksacks, to the campsite in Cudham. With a few unplanned detours along the way, they arrived in camp in good spirits and got on with the tasks of setting up tents and cooking their evening meal. This seemed to revive lots of them and led to an energetic game of Frisbee during the evening before settling down for the night.
Up early the next morning, and with breakfast cooked and tents packed away, the first group left camp on schedule at 7.30 am to make their way back to Farnborough Village.
Our assessor was full of praise for the students’ display of teamwork, tenacity, resourcefulness and resilience and was particularly impressed with their camp craft saying “it was the best he had seen all season”.
The students are now working on their presentations which make up the final part of the expedition section and will be shown to parents and the assessor later in the year. The presentations should explain how the expedition aim was completed, together with a flavour of their experiences along the way and what the students have learned from taking part; they are always interesting and enlightening.
Once they have completed the physical, skills and volunteering sections they can be awarded their Bronze Award and will be invited to the Bromley Civic Centre to collect their certificates with other students from Bromley.
Bronze Practice Weekend 2014
The students will now start preparing the routes for their qualifying expedition which will take place in June.
Please see our image gallery.
Duke of Edinburgh 2014 - 2015
Presentation Evening 2013
Congratulations to the 24 Y11 students who attended the annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation evening at the Bromley Civic Centre to collect their Bronze Awards on Monday 24th March.
Training Day 9th March 2014
We had a very successful training day on 9th March and were delighted to have such good weather. Well done to all who took part. Click our image gallery to see all the photos.
Our Presentation Evening for the 2012/13 season was on Tuesday 26th November. We celebrated the success of our Bronze and Silver Award participants plus introduced the award to students looking to start next year.