Parents and friends of a select group of Sixth Form pupils gathered in the Mary Norton Hall on Wednesday 10th September for a Presentation and Celebration Night marking the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions. We were treated to presentations from four groups, as well as snacks and drinks organised by the pupils.
The silver award group had been on expedition in Dartmoor at the end of June, where they had tried out 'Letterboxing' [an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving.] It is fair to say that conditions were challenging for the girls with some heavy showers over the three days of their expedition but their unbeatable enthusiasm was clear in their presentation and video.
Snowdonia was the destination for the gold award groups and during their four day expedition all three groups reached the summit of Snowdon, which is no mean feat when you are carrying all of your camping gear and food in a backpack weighing several kilos.
Ben Maxfield (of BXM Expeditions) spoke about all of the gold girls and praised them for their determination, organisation, navigation, leadership, cooperation, cheerfulness, camp-craft and above all strong teamwork skills. Their presentations were very professional and all the girls should be very proud of their achievements. Thanks go to Miss Harrison for her support, leadership and humour.