Posted: 28th April 2022

On Sunday 25th April, our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students took on the challenge of a one-day practice walk around the Leweston local area.

Seven teams participated in a 12.5km walk with full kit including tents and Trangia’s. After an early start and the task of packing the group equipment into their bags, they were all set to go.

These intrepid hikers started with great enthusiasm, keen to learn new skills. The groups quickly found that communication was the key to success and that they would all have to work together to complete the expedition. What’s more, it was wonderful to see so many new friendships being formed along the way. Students’ navigational skills had improved exponentially by the end of the day and many of the Bronze teams had successfully managed to work their way through some very tricky sections of the routes.

Arriving back at school, the teams set up their tents on the school grounds and were eager to get cooking after a long day’s walking. All members of each group contributed to the successful cooking of their pre-planned meals and should be congratulated on their campcraft skills.

We are all so proud of the effort and commitment that the students put into the day, and they too should be very proud of their accomplishments. Ms Haynes would like to thank all of the Leweston staff for their support and for giving up their time over the weekend to ensure our DofE groups completed their practice walk safely and successfully.

Well done to all the Bronze teams we now look forward to taking the Bronze participants to the Purbecks in May for their final expedition.

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