Outdoor and Adventurous Activities!Duke of Edinburgh
On the first weekend of the half term six of our silver Duke of Edinburgh students used all they had learnt from their navigation training and navigated across Dartmoor from south to north for their assessment. They started at Cadover Bridge in the rain with very poor visibility, forcing them to concentrate extremely hard to pick out distinctive landscape features so they knew they were on the correct track. Despite a hard start, the group made it to their half way point where they sat down to enjoy some lunch with the weather brightening up. By the time they made it to camp, the sun was shining so they were able to put up their tents in the sun and fi nally cook their dinner before a well deserved early night.
The next day followed the same pattern, navigating across the moor through unpredictable weather conditions which they all did perfectly and in good time. The assessor made a point of saying that their timing was pretty much spot on and they followed their route cards well. By the third and final day, the mist had crept back in which meant another hard day of navigation, especially finding the top of White Tor which in the thick mist was a hard task in itself. However, they did this brilliantly and they carried on following the route all the way to Lydford where they were met by the assessors.
Alisha, Millie, Paige, Ben, Sean and Blazej did exceptionally well and all passed their silver Duke of Edinburgh assessment, well done all!
We have come to the end of the bikeability programme for this academic year with one hundred and eighteen Year 7’s achieving their Level 1 and one hundred and four Year 7’s achieving their Level 2. A further eighteen Year 8’s achieved their Level 3 bikeability. It has been a long year of bikeability, however we have seen some excellent riding skills over the course and some real confident cyclists who would happily cycle in any conditions. Bikeability is about gaining practical skills, understanding how to cycle on roads and to improve cycling skills no matter what is known already. We now get to look forward to starting all over again with the new Year 7’s in September.
Lunch Time Games
Lunch time games happen out on the MUGA Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are now happy to have our lead learners who will be running and officiating the different activities. As volleyball had proven to be popular, this is the main activity they will be in charge of and run for all year groups so make sure you come along at lunch time to get involved.
Miss Symons PE Apprentice