Bolton School Senior Girls

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition for Yr 9 Girls

The whole of Year 9 at Bolton School Girls’ Division has signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and of the 107 girls that went on expedition to Patterdale Hall, the School’s outdoor adventure learning centre, 107 completed this phase! In order to pass the girls had to become self-sufficient for 2 days, spending 6 hours each day in planned activities (including 3 hours of journeying time) and camping out overnight.

Geography teacher, Miss Rebecca Wadey, said: “As they offloaded from the coach on their return, I have never seen so many teenage girls look so exhausted and be so quiet. They had to get up at 4.00am to complete the walking challenge, although it was tough, everyone I spoke to felt a huge sense of achievement. I was so proud of the way they tackled this challenge and overcame their worries, to work as teams and as independent young women to achieve so much. It is now down to the girls to complete the skills, volunteering and physical sections; these can be done within 6 months, so many will have achieved their Bronze award by the end of the year.”

A group of Year 9 girls set out from Patterdale Hall

A group of Year 9 girls set out from Patterdale Hall

The girls had 6 hours of planned activity each day and had to cook for themselves

Passing the expedition phase also meant camping out overnight