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Student Success

Year 10 and Year 11 Bronze Award Group Practice Expedition

Our group of Y10 and Y11 students have been meeting to prepare their routes and have attended one day of training to learn the skills needed to complete the ‘expedition’ section of the Award, all in preparation for their practice expedition. The Y10’s completed their practice expedition on 29th/30th March and Y11’s did theirs on the weekend of the 22nd/23rd April. All the participants have now passed and are ready for their assessed expedition. The assessors have praised students from both year groups for their positive attitude and their mature behaviour. The students have faced the challenges of the expedition and have learnt a great deal from them. Members of staff and students have also enjoyed songs and marshmallows around the fire in the evening. Thank you to all the staff who supported both expeditions.

Y11 Bronze Award Group – Training 11th and 12th March.

Our Y11 Bronze Award participants took part in a two day training programme run by Amphibia, our Approved Activity Provider, to give them the necessary skills to cope with the expedition section such as camp craft, navigation, and first aid. They have also been instructed in what equipment they need and what food is recommended. These were very successful training days and helped the students feel prepared for the expeditions in June and July.

All our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award participants are continuing to work hard at completing the different sections of the Award. I would like to remind all students that they need to include their assessor’s full name and contact details on eDofE before the chosen programme can be approved.

Y12/Y13 Gold Groups

On the 22nd March, two Gold Groups (13 students) left for the Peak District to train and complete their Practice Gold Expedition. They trained in Hope Valley for two days, climbing different peaks and learning to navigate in wild country. On Thursday, they started their three day expedition and coped brilliantly with the unpredictable weather.  It has taken both groups a lot of time and work to finalise aims, menus, equipment and routes. They walked distances of around 16 kilometres a day, carrying a heavy bag. Amphibia oversaw this expedition but I would like to thank Mr Price and Mrs Jones for their help and support during this expedition. The final expedition for these groups will take place from 5th to 8th July in the Brecon Beacons.

Duke of Edinburgh Former Student Success

Stanborough School is very proud that two ex-students, Rachel Selwood (now at Birmingham University) and Jacques Elliott (now at Cambridge University), went to St James Palace, on Wednesday 18th November to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Certificate during a presentation attended by The Duke of Edinburgh himself.  Both students completed their award whilst studying at Stanborough School in Years 12 and 13. The Duke expressed his admiration for the motivation and resilience demonstrated by the Gold Award Holders, as this award is very challenging. The overall message of the presentation is that a Gold Award is always prized by employers as it demonstrates important qualities in a future employee.  This was a great honor for both students and their parents.

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