A massive well done to 84 Year 9 & 10 Students that took part in the Bronze DofE award at the weekend. It was an adventure from the beginning to the end and gave some of our students the most memorable experiences!
Started off nice and sunny as pupils embarked on their 6 hour walk around the Harborough area. However, the sun soon changed from snow, hail, rain and then back to the sun shine but in very cold conditions. When pupils got to the camp they certainly enjoyed a well-deserved rest once they had pitched tents, cooked tea for themselves and roasted marshmallows around the camp fire. The weather tested us throughout the night and parts of their DofE experience was a challenge, but it didn’t let that stop them and ultimately found their self-belief to persevere and succeed.
Pupils woke up in -2 weather making it a very tough start. Despite the frost, frozen food, few tears and heavy load all Y9&10 pupils supported each other to reach their final destination. They experienced laughter, resilience, friendship & independence. For some it was life-changing and aspiration-raising, breaking down barriers to a limitless life.
Thank you to Ms Pinel & her team, Mr Cockcroft, Mr Bray, Mrs Howes, Mr White and Miss Clarke who gave up their weekend accompanying the students.
“Students were amazing, they really embraced the walk especially in testing conditions and worked exceptionally well in their teams, supporting each other whilst also having fun.”
A special thank you to Teej and his team of instructors from cogyouthservices.co.uk for leading all the groups.