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Ghyll Head Weekend 2014

Published on 30 January 2014

24th – 26th January: last weekend was the first opportunity for our Bronze, Duke of Edinburg award team to get their hands dirty (literally) in the great outdoors in preparation for their expedition.

Ghyll Head at Windermere in the Lake District is the ideal location for the pupils to experience the joys and challenges of walking in the country side, but also offers a comfortable residential house for some fun and games when all the work has been completed.

This year, we were not fortunate with the weather as we turned up in the rain and it failed to stop all weekend. Despite this, it was one of our most successful Ghyll Head trips to date with the pupils representing the school with outstanding conduct, commitment and maturity. Not to mention a great sense of humour!

The first night had the pupils burning off a bit of energy with some orienteering around the grounds.

Students putting on safety gear before going on the zip line
Students putting on safety gear before going on the zip line

Then came the zip line, where after receiving safety instruction and putting on their safety equipment, groups of students got to jump from a 25 foot high tower. Every pupil took part which was great, while only 1 member of staff stepped up to the challenge. Students 1 – Staff 0.

Saturday night in the tee-pee had the group singing some songs with the help of Mr Hutchinson (Teacher of Music) on guitar, and some toasted marshmallows. We even had a bit of dancing for the milkshake song, which saw Yousef, our hearing impaired member of the group, win the award for best Milkshake.

The pupils then relaxed in their array of incredible onesies and relaxed before Sundays outing which was again, wet from all the rain. Thankfully, the weather cleared up and we finished the weekend with some spectacular slips but a lot of smiles on faces.

A brilliant time was had by all, and we would particularly like to thank the staff who helped support the weekend and gave up their own time, namely Mr Hutchinson, Mr Hoyle, Mr Bailey, Mr Farnell, Ms Morgan, and Ms Miles.

A special thanks also to our mini bus drivers Mr Duckworth and Mr Boyle who without them we could not have got to and from Ghyll Head.

By Miss Riley
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator/Manager

Categories: News, Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

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