After a very busy term in the Outdoor Learning department, it is time to get an update on what the various Year groups have been up to.
The main focuses of the term have been on Ten Tors training and Duke of Edinburgh activities. Over the last 10 weeks, the Year 9s have been busy with the volunteering aspect of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Their activities have included leading sport sessions after school for Year 7 pupils, teaching CPR and first aid skills in school assemblies and raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust by selling hot chocolates and home-made cakes in the quad on the chilly nights to pupils and staff travelling home on the buses. Others have been fund raising by washing cars and have been practising their skills on the school minibuses! So far they have raised over £100.
On Wednesday 25th January, families of the Year 9 will be invited to the school for the afternoon to see their volunteering projects at first hand.
We have 16 Year 10 pupils currently training for the Ten Tors event in May 2017, as well as their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and they have spent the last two Sundays on Exmoor and Dartmoor working towards their Hill Skills certificate, a nationally recognised course endorsed by mountain training. The skills learned include planning and navigation for hill walking but also what to do in an emergency. The hill and mountain skills courses now form an essential part of expedition training for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which a record 41 pupils are currently working towards.
We look forward to a very busy and successful 2017.