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Duke of Edinburgh pursuits

Over the course of the summer holidays, Sixth Form pupils worked hard to complete sections for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards. During the hottest weather that had been recorded in Mid Wales in July for a number of years, Cecilia Gray and Camilla Harriott walked from 5.00am to combat temperatures reaching 28 degrees. Their leader reported that ‘all expedition skills were completed to a very high standard and with an excellent attitude and spirit throughout’.

During August a second group, Edward Brown, Rory Cramp, William Flett, Alex Goble and Archie Meikle, walked in the Brecon Beacons with mixed weather, often negotiating their undulating route through thick fog which really demanded the highest level of map and compass skills.

Pupils have also successfully completed the residential part of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Edward Brown, William Flett, Cecelia Gray and Camilla Harriott attended Holton Cadet Camp in Lancashire to complete a 5 day canoeing course; the boys in open canoes and the girls in kayaks. Rory Cramp attended a residential rugby course to hone his skills for his final season at the College, and Alex Goble completed a lifesaving course in Cornwall. These experiences were good fun, new skills were learned and new friends made. Again staff reported that students were ‘good team players demonstrating good skills’.

All participants passed their courses and are now well on the way to the completion of the prestigious gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.