St John Plessington Catholic College

Year 9 DofE

Thirty three Y9 pupils completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition in North Wales this weekend. 

On Friday afternoon they set off Llanarmon-yn-Ial to camp overnight. This saw pupils develop skills in camp craft such as cooking using a trangia stove, setting up tents and planning for the following day. The completed these tasks under adverse weather conditions, but still managed to excel.

The following morning pupils were up very early (5am!) to organise their equipment, pack down the camp and review the route for the day ahead. They then completed a six hour trek, seeing them loop around challenging and beautiful terrain. This required pupils to develop skills in navigation, using ordinance survey map and compass. 

Pupils worked well together to complete this challenging stage of the award, and look forward to undertaking their qualifying expedition in July. Well done Year 9!