King's Sixth Form

8 November

Upper Sixth Complete Gold DofE Expedition

Over half term 13 of our Upper Sixth completed their four-day Gold DofE Qualifying expedition on Dartmoor, camping overnight in remote areas.

Not only did they demonstrate real commitment and perseverance to get this far with their Gold Award, but their actual expedition was also a testing experience. It included three nights of self-sufficient camping, where each student had to carry everything they needed in their backpacks and cook for themselves. Their determined spirit helped them through some very tough weather conditions, where they were navigating in poor visibility. Upper Sixth pupil, Will E explains, “The weather for our practice and qualifying expeditions could not have been more different, from blazing 30-degree heat in the Brecon Beacons to a wet and windy Dartmoor. But, even with these extreme weather conditions, we had fun and kept our morale high. We created our own routes from campsite to campsite, including wild camping on Dartmoor, and all took turns to map read and navigate through various terrains.” Their assessor was hugely impressed with their resilience and ultimate success. Many congratulations to those concerned!

Mr Cuthbertson, Head of Geography and DofE manager, says of their experience, “The challenging weather made both the terrain and navigation especially tricky. Their assessor was full of admiration for their achievement. This Upper Sixth group can be really proud of their perseverance and technical abilities that helped them succeed against the odds. I am in no doubt that this experience will have built their confidence and helped their personal development.”

U6 Gold DofE Gallery

As well as this over the last few months, some Upper Sixth students completed their residential (5 days away from home) at Orchard’s Cookery School, Wellness Courses and Felicity Q undertook the Wickedly Wonderful multi-activity summer camp. Felicity comments on her experience, “I would say the biggest thing learnt was how to cope with a group of children who you have never met before, and care for them, without their parents in a field with no electricity, to ensure they had a good time, whatever the weather and unexpected situations.”

Sarah W completed a Wellness Course at Stubbington Study Centre on the south coast of England. Here, Sarah took part in various activities and wellness sessions such as Pilates, yoga and fitness sessions. Also, the group took turns to cook, clean and prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for each other. Sarah on her evening successfully held a barbeque for 25 people!

U6 Residential Photos