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ACS Hillingdon students experience the great outdoors

Published Thursday 28th of May 2015 01:33:45 PM

Students from ACS Hillingdon taking part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, recently completed a practice expedition weekend in preparation for their final expedition in May.

The 14-15 year olds learnt skills such as cooking, navigating and camping and walked approximately 30km over two days, carrying all their tents, cooking equipment and food.

The expedition is only one part of the Duke of Edinburgh award, which is made up of four sections: the expedition, skill, physical and volunteer. All the students are working towards completing the entire certificate. To do this, they are involved in many activities, such as sport, learning musical instruments, horse riding or cooking. Students volunteer at least one hour a week for three months, working in animal shelters, with church groups, helping run Lower School after school events (such as football, chess, and dance), or working with Middle School homework clubs.

Jacinta Hill, Design and Theory of Knowledge Teacher, and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, said:

'Duke of Edinburgh teaches students responsibility and team work, and helps them develop their communication skills. One focus of DoE is consistency; students have to show dedication long term to achieve their awards. While the expedition stretched them physically, the volunteer section is a great opportunity for our students, our school and neighbouring communities.'

The students were very proud to have completed the practice expedition, as it was unlike any other challenge they have encountered. It was extremely hard work for them, particularly carrying packs which can weigh between 10 and 15 kilograms for two days, but afterwards they were ecstatic.'

Roberto Frering, a student who went on the expedition, said:

'It was absolutely amazing. I had a wonderful time, exploring a part of England which is new to me, having the chance to bond with my peers and learning navigation, sustainability and camping skills.'
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