Year 10 Silver DofE
On Tuesday of this week, 22 intrepid Year 10 students headed
out across the South Downs on their Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition. It has to be said that the weather (thankfully) was a massive improvement compared to that of their practice expedition a few weeks ago. The sun shone as the four groups left the starting point at Ditchling Beacon and hiked across to the day 1 campsite at ‘Small Dole’. The recently cut grass at our overnight stop caused some issues for the hayfever sufferers amongst us however Mr Lodge was always on hand with his ‘mobile pharmacy’! Despite
a long walk, many of the students still had energy to burn and so began the attempts to create a ‘human pyramid’ with varying levels of success!
On day 2 the students were awoken by our (not so distant)
neighbours mooing (yes they were cows) at sunrise. Breakfast was cooked, tents disassembled and bags were packed away ready for another day of orienteering. Day 2 involved a lot of elevation as the groups had to get onto the downs and in the hot sun it was quite a slog however, they all powered through admirably and made it to ‘Washington Camp’ in great time. Washington Camp was more ‘luxurious’ than our previous site as it boasted hot showers which were welcomed by all given the temperatures of the day. The evening involved cooking meals, a final and triumphant attempt at the human pyramid, and toasting marshmallows around the campfire.
A good night's sleep was had by all in preparation for the final day of walking and again we awoke to a beautiful blue sky. The groups set off one by one from Washington and managed to appreciate the stunning views en route whilst also walking with determination to make it to the finishing point in fantastic time.
Throughout the entire expedition the students represented the school fantastically showing good manners, great attitudes, exceptional teamwork and unfaltering positivity. Myself and Mr Lodge were very proud of their superb efforts and resilience over the three days. The students took the expedition in their stride, had lots of fun and made many memories along the way.