Students spent a lovely sunny day yesterday practicing for their bronze D of E expedition. Mrs Noble, Mrs Evison, Miss Burbanks and students were joined by staff and students from Don Valley Academy and had fun walking, pitching tents and cooking their lunch on trangias. The walk was a practice to use maps and route cards to get from the academy to Tickhill over the fields, although some students knew a route, they had to show they could navigate using the tools provided.

Back at the academy they enjoyed pitching their tents and then learning how to cook using camping equipment.

Overall, our students were amazing and are all ready for their expedition in a couple of weeks.

On the bronze expedition students will spend 6 hours walking using a map and route card to the camp site where they will cook their evening meal outside and camp. The following day they will walk to the final pick up point.

The D of E award is recognised by colleges and universities across the country, many of which also run the award and anyone between Y9 and the age of 25 can participate. It is also possible to start the silver award without achieving bronze. The gold award is the final goal and this leads to a Royal presentation which could take place at Buckingham Palace. Well done to Mrs Evison who has achieved her gold.

We have had some success already in RASA seeing our Y11 students achieve bronze, 2 students achieve silver and additionally Amy Noble has achieved the young leader status.

Y8 students it’s your turn next!!