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Students Tackle the Great Outdoors

gold dofe expedition trainingStudents who later this year will be going on the Duke of Edinburgh Gold trip to Africa, completed their expedition training this weekend in Wales.

Two groups left school on Friday morning and headed to North Wales. On route to their campsite they had to stop and buy six meals for £6, this resulted in some very interesting food combinations.

The two teams stayed at Platts farm in LLanfairfechan, right next to the sea. On Saturday 23rd the groups walked out of their camp past Aber Falls, examining certain scenarios and preparing for their Africa expedition. The teams were responsible for their own cooking and even enjoyed a session on the beach before heading home.

Over the same weekend the maiden Stamford Explorers trip took place at Fineshade Woods. Many of these students starting their own journey to attaining a gold DofE award. 

Stamford Explorers is a new initiative at the schools which has been set up to give students the chance to explore the amazing natural sites and activities the UK has to offer.

Over the weekend ten students from Years 7-9 visited Fineshade woods for a weekend of outdoors activities. The weekend was run by Lewis Herridge the school’s Bush craft technical advisor and was assisted by Anita Mould a Nursery teacher who is a Level 3 Forest school Leader.

Students built shelters, cooked over open fires and lit fires with different pieces of equipment, such as a solar spark. They also learned how to use knifes and other bush craft tools as well as learning a lot about the woods. The students slept overnight in the woods to cap off a memorable experience.

SES Director of Outdoor Education, Edward Smith was thrilled with the start of the programme; “This was the first outing for the Stamford Explorers and the weekend went brilliantly. With 10 happy students leaving on Sunday, albeit smelling of wood smoke and in need of a bath.  I look forward to many more adventurous successes in the future.”