Year 12 - Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Preparation

30th September 2016

On Friday 23 September Year 12 started preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition to Gilwell Park, the training was undertaken by the Year 12 staff and H5, a company that specialises in working with schools on outward bound activities including the D of E Award.


The Year 12 students had to plan for their practice expedition, which included discussing the route that they would be taking in order to reach Gilwell Park from their drop off point. They had to think about any problems that they might run into and what they would do if a problem arose. Each student would be carrying their own ruck sack - which for many would be difficult, the students discussed what they could do to motivate one another to complete the expedition.


In order to aid the students H5 organised team building challenges to instil group confidence for the expedition. They practised putting up and taking down their tents on the bowling green on Hackney Downs and also discussed what food they would have to take as they would be cooking their own evening meal and breakfast the following morning. Each student undertook the tasks with great enthusiasm and were ready to take on the challenge.


The practice expedition took place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September. A full report of the expedition will be in next week’s newsletter.