Sunday 15 January saw the final training day walk for the four groups of Fourth Form boys - 28 in total - who are doing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
After a short drive the two minibuses arrived in Carding Mill Valley (Church Stretton). The groups divided into sevens, each lead by an experienced member of staff/instructor, and after a short briefing headed out onto the Stretton hills. The objectives for the day were to work on many parts of the D of E syllabus, especially team work, leadership, safety in the hills, country code, and map and compass work, all with an emphasis on enjoying outdoor activity in a safe manner.
The groups did four different routes they had planned last term. The forecast had been for driving rain all day, thankfully this was not the case and though the winds were strong, it was dry and not too cold. The views from the tops of the hills were stunning. As we came off the hills the weather turned but this was not a real issue.
All pupils did really well and were a pleasure to be with. They really enjoyed the day’s activity and are now well placed to tackle their qualifying expedition in the summer. Next Sunday sees the girls’ turn to do this training walk.