Year 12 Duke of Edinburgh Award – Final Expedition Success

29th April 2016

Many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing.  A fun adventure and a major challenge, with three progressive award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities that offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 – 24.  Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award; pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and future college/university/job applications. 

 Stormont House Year 12 students took the challenge, getting involved and have going the extra mile.

A number of Year 12 students took part in the qualifying expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.  Ms Thackaberry, Ms Christie, Ms Kaur and Mr McDonnell accompanied the expedition to observe the students skills in practice.  The students had to carry their team equipment, travel for approximately 5 hours each day, pitch their tents, cook their dinner and display good camp craft, team work and determination. 

 The students started at The Royal Epping Forest Golf Club and spent 5 hours walking through muddy terrain and forest vegetation as two separate teams.  They had to plan their walking route, decide when to stop for lunch, re-orientate routes and help each other through the mud.  Team work was key in all of these activities.  

 It was an early start for some students, waking at 05:15 to see the mist that covered the campsite.  As all of the students woke up, they continued to work together to make breakfast and lunch for their journey ahead.  After another 5 hours walking and navigating through the forest, everyone  made it back to the start and shared stories about getting stuck in the mud, slipping over and eating a lot of food.   


The expedition was a success with all student passing their qualifying expedition unit. Students are still working towards achieving their skills and volunteering units and should achieve this by June 2016.

Mr McDonnell commented ‘I can hardly believe the huge improvement in the students’ skills, confidence and team-working between the practice expedition in September and now. I am very proud of each and every one of them.  Many thanks to all the staff who have made this possible’.

 Well done Year 12.  You all displayed a fantastic level of hard work, strength and determination to succeed.