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Year 9 Girls Rise to the Duke of Edinburgh Challenge

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Year 9 girls from Bolton School have successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh expedition exercise. The girls travelled up to the School’s adventure learning centre, Patterdale Hall in the Lake District, in order to undertake the activity in which they 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 and event coordinator, Miss Rebecca Wadey, said: ‘Even though we had some of the worst weather conditions seen on bronze expeditions, with torrential rain and severe gusts of wind, half the year group camped out on the first night and survived their practice run! One of the very experienced instructors at the Hall mentioned that this was one of the most hardy groups he has ever worked with and was incredibly impressed with the character shown! We were all very proud of them. The girls now need 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.” 

The School is a keen promoter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and earlier in the year at an Awards Evening, Mr Paul Griffiths, Regional Manager of the D of E Award, told pupils and staff at Bolton School: “You are officially the largest independent school provider of pupils achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the North-West of England and in the top 10 schools in the whole of the North; an area where 42,000 children take part in the Award.” 

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The girls braved a trial night of camping at Patterdale Hall despite driving rain and gales!

The girls braved a trial night of camping at Patterdale Hall despite driving rain and gales!

The girls set out on their expedition

Part of the expedition trip is to undertake planned outdoor activities