Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

Its balanced programme of activities develops the mind, body and soul in an environment of social interaction and team working. It encourages young people to take greater responsibility and maturity for their development. Pupils who participate in the award at the school will begin at Bronze level, then Silver and finally Gold. Activities for the award will be after school and some weekends. For general information regarding the award please contact the school and ask to speak to the D of E coordinator.

For further information please look at www.dofe.org

Morocco

On Tuesday 12th July, thirteen students and three members of staff left for a 14 day expedition to Morocco. This was the culmination of nearly two years hard work, fundraising and training.

Pupils and staff, packed bags at a local supermarket; completed sponsored walks; held car boot sales; baked cakes; sold bracelets; you name it, we tried it!

The group arrived in Marrakesh (the temperature was only 44 degrees centigrade) where we settled into the hotel for the night and made the most of the beds as the next day we were bussed out to the Berber Village in the mountains where there were no beds, just a road to build.

The road building completed, we then gave our donations from staff and friends to the brand new school in the village, which was still being painted. Our guide Ibrahim had been a fantastic support throughout our stay and on the last day he very kindly treated us all to tea at his house.

After four days working on the road we began our trek through the Atlas Mountains, the challenge aspect of our trip. Challenge it was, as we climbed over four days to 3200 metres in very unstable terrain and in blistering heat, but the views were spectacular, worth every ache and pain.

Our next stop was Essaouira where we were allowed to relax, a little shopping, sight seeing and a sandcastle competition thrown in, not to forget the camel rides.

Finally our last stop was Marrakesh for two days. Here we visited the Tanneries, the Souk and had our last night meal at a fantastic rooftop restaurant. We arrived back in the UK on Tuesday 26th July, tired but content that we had achieved our goals and helped the Berber people who treated us with such courtesy and respect. Hopefully we also managed to spread a little ‘St Joan of Arc’ ethos to all those we met as well.