skills were put to the test in the great outdoors as Tupton Hall's Duke of
Edinburgh participants completed two successful expeditions.
clocks changed in October, two camps in the Peak District also brought the
2014 expedition season to a close. The first was the Bronze qualifier which
began at Bakewell and finished in Hartington. Two groups of Year 10 students
demonstrated how well their navigational skills had developed.
groups camped, cooked and walked very efficiently and survived a very cold
night which brought icy tents the following morning," said Mr Ian Parfitt,
Tupton's DofE Co-ordinator. "Their practice session didn’t go too well but
they pulled it around and navigated very well for their qualifier – they were
weeks later came the turn of the Year 11 Silver group. Their expedition spanned
three days but was completed in much warmer weather. Again they started in
Bakewell, finishing in Hartington, and had an extra day in the Staffordshire moorland.
normal the group were excellent in every respect – navigation decision making, teamwork,
camping skills and behaviour,” said Mr Parfitt. “They were a pleasure to be
Year 10 Bronze participants were: Leanne Mark, Becky Gerard, Ben Whitton, Georgia Bradley, Ellie Wallis, Ted Adlington-Stringer, Joe Bray, Jack Bray, Dom Bramley, Josh Fisher.
Year 11 Silver participants were: Bethan Roper-Jones, Eben Mellor, Adam Inskip, Rae Griffiths, Anna Stevenson, Emma Dando, Amy Barnett.
expeditions will be in Spring 2015. But in the meantime, Tupton DofE participants
have a packed programme of activities planned. In November alone there will be four
Bronze training days at Lea Green Development Centre and a Gold day walk in the
Form student Matthew Atkins now explores what the Duke of Edinburgh Award is,
and how it is flourishing at Tupton Hall School…
The DofE programme was founded by the Duke of Edinburgh,
Prince Philip, in 1956 and he remains its patron today. The programme is
described as ‘a real adventure from beginning to end’ and anyone can take part
between the ages of 14 and 24. The ultimate goal is to give all young people
the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have
a brighter future.
Three awards make up the scheme – the Bronze, Silver and
Gold awards, each more advanced than the last. The expedition, although an
integral part of each award, is just one of four sections. Participants also take
part in a hobby activity, a sporting activity and do volunteering. This gives
young people an important opportunity to contribute to their local area by
helping individuals and groups in the Chesterfield area.
The Bronze Award, as well as containing these four
sections, also requires participants to do map work, cook outdoors, plan routes
and create route cards, and identify and use the correct kit for expeditions.
This collection of skills will be carried with them into
their adult lives. What’s more, DofE expeditions give our school’s young people
a great opportunity to experience and appreciate the lustrous Peak District which
lies on our doorstep.
Mr Parfitt believes the response to the programme is a
credit to Tupton Hall School. “DofE is very healthy at Tupton Hall with around
50 new Bronze participants from Year 9 currently being trained up,” he said.
“Thirty Year 10s are finishing off their Bronze, with
many going on to Silver. And a large contingent of Year 12 students are
preparing for their Gold practice expedition next Easter – possibly in
Making it to the Gold Award is a real achievement for participants,
and often means an expedition further afield to places like the Lake District
and Dark Peak to the hills of Snowdonia. Trips like this show that the Duke of
Edinburgh scheme is not only an amazing opportunity for young people to test
their skills and acquire new ones, but can lead to broadened horizons and
memories to last a lifetime.