Fifteen of our LVI (Year 12) students spent the May Bank Holiday weekend navigating around the Brecon Beacons on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award Practice Expedition. They had been responsible for planning their routes, menu and packing in preparation for their Final Expedition at the end of term. The Brecons gave them some experience of the terrain that they might encounter on their Final Expedition when they will be in the Yorkshire Dales.

The girls have to carry all the food and kit needed for their four days and three nights and also navigate to their campsites via various checkpoints. The weather was fairly testing, as on the Friday and Sunday there was heavy rain and the threat of dramatic thunderstorms. As a result, some re-routing had to take place to avoid danger from the storms but the rain and mist made navigating more difficult. Fortunately the weather was relatively warm, so wet clothes dried out quite quickly once it had stopped raining!

Although some teams took some more creative routes early in the trip, the thought of walking extra miles on subsequent days helped focus the mind and navigation improved throughout the trip. Some valuable lessons were learned about what to do differently on the Final Expedition: better clothes to wear and pack, more variety in food for evening meals and some tasty treats.

Even though some girls were at times wet and tired, all stayed positive, polite and friendly, qualities which will help them through their Final Expedition in July.

Mr Matthew Rose