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Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh group

Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh group

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During the first three days of this year’s activities week, our Silver Duke of Edinburgh group went for their qualifying expedition, starting at the Hole of Horcum, going via Newton-on-Rawcliffe and Rosedale Abbey to Fryupdale. Read their account of their expedition: “To complete our Silver DofE we had to come up with an aim. We decided on ……… people watching! As we hiked each day we recorded details of every person we saw. We estimated […]

Our new DofE Bronze group

Our new DofE Bronze group

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On Sunday, our new DofE Bronze group as well as some direct entrants for the Silver Award had their first outing. After a week that has been a bit challenging with regards to weather, we were blessed with dry weather and sunshine. In two groups, we walked about 10 km, starting from school, and did some hands-on navigation training: We looked at footpaths and bridleways, at different types of field boundaries, and what at what […]

Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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For a detailed insight into the Bronze expedition, read Joshua’s blog. Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award during a pandemic is not the easiest thing to do. However, a good number of Fyling Hall pupils managed to achieve their Bronze or Silver Award (or have been working hard toward the Gold Award!) over the past year. The fact that so many classes such as dance and instrumental lessons have successfully (and temporarily) moved online has been […]

two days of intense hiking

Two days of intense hiking

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I swiftly and excitedly left the car, eager to see all my friends who were joining the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition, ready for two days of intense hiking.  We all had the same objectives: to conquer this challenging hike with sheer determination, and most importantly, to have a great time.  We were all armed with 18kg rucksacks and looking forward to having a brilliant two days, including one night at High Yedmandale Camp and Caravan Site.  Our small group of six sat around for a quick bag check, Mrs. Trotter ensuring she took some items from our kits to help lighten our rucksack load. This process […]

The full DofE programme

The full DofE programme

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At last – summer is here! Which means that our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are back. After last year’s expeditions had to be cancelled for well-known reasons, we are happy to say that this year we are running the full DofE programme again, with Bronze, Silver and Gold expeditions. Last weekend, the Gold group, a mix of students from years 11, 12 and 13 went out.   Kian, Archie, Olivia and Freddie boarded the minibus on Friday at 7 in the morning in […]

The world has us back!

The world has us back!

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The world has us back! After we haven’t been for any Duke of Edinburgh outings for 18 months, we used the first of May as the first navigation training day for our two new Bronze groups. We met up at school at 9:30, and everybody was equipped with a compass and a map with the route marked. And off we went. Although the participants knew most of the paths we were walking on from other […]