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Over 50 Year 9 students have just completed the assessed expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award! These students have been giving up their lunchtimes once a week study map reading and orienteering in order to learn the skills necessary to plan their routes in preparation for the walk.
The weekend began in the village of Porlock where students set up their tents and cooked their evening meals. After a good(?) nights sleep, the groups set off on their six hour walks accompanied by sunny spells. Along the way students faced many challenges such as climbing up to Duncary Beacon and applying their knowledge by navigating their way to Halse Farm in the village of Winsford.
Despite aching feet and a heavy gloom of fog, the morale of the campsite remained high as groups set off on their second day of walking. The sun then shone brightly as students hiked through settings such as Tarr Steps and took in the breath-taking views that Exmoor has to offer.
This expedition is was a challenging test of stamina, navigation and teamwork, all of which were displayed brilliantly by the students. Staff were particularly impressed with the map reading skills of students and brilliant behaviour and positive attitude across the weekend, making it a very enjoyable and exciting weekend.
Begun many years ago by passionate Duke of Edinburgh leader Mr Bob Rigby, students do the 'Rigby stance' which pose involves standing on one leg and waving furiously at staff until they wave back. This is now a regular feature of all Haygrove School expeditions!
“This was a fantastic achievement, I’m proud of everyone who took part. Organising such a large group is a challenge and I’d like to say a massive thank you to the staff and parents who supported the expedition,’ said Mrs Clark, Outdoor Education Co-ordinator at Haygrove School.