Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessment
Mrs Smart is delighted that all 16 students passed their assessments. She told us that the assessors were very impressed with the student’s teamwork and skills both in camp and on the water.
A big thank you to Mrs Smart and Mrs LeSbirel for supporting the students. They wanted to congratulate all of the students involved in Duke of Edinburgh this year.
The students sent us this report:
Day 1 and 2
We started off our expedition in Wales, paddling from Glasbury to Byford (England). Whilst this day was the longest of the expedition, the weather was lovely and lots of sun cream was applied. On day two we travelled to Lucksull Campsite, which was the highlight of the trip due to the warm showers that greeted us on our arrival.
Day 3 – Jolly Rogers
The next morning, we awoke to finally find a use for the waterproof trousers and coats we had been carrying to protect ourselves from the classic British rain, that made even the towering cliffs of the valleys around us seem a little more like home. Despite the weather, with the whole group singing along to our favourite songs and seeing the wildlife, from baby swans and herons to schools of fish, the day turned out to leave us in a brighter mood than the weather. Having saved our favourite dinner until last, we reached camp 32 km later to build a shelter, pitch tents and enjoy a dinner of curry and s'mores, ready for our early set off for our last day
Day 4 – Paddling Otters
On our final day, we canoed from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth, passing through the rapids at Symmonds Yat, concluding our 130 km Duke of Edinburgh Gold journey. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and are very sad that we will not be able to repeat the experience. We would also like to encourage others to participate in the D of E programme, as we believe that it is a life changing opportunity that will teach you invaluable life skills.