Alt Curriculum students take on DofE

Alt Curriculum students take on DofE

Written by Mollie Parsons, PE Teacher / Head of Raleigh House / DofE Assistant Coordinator

Park is proud to announce that after a lot of hard work, we have been able to introduce The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award into the Alternative Curriculum programme. 

To achieve this award students must complete 4 sections: They must complete 3 months of volunteering, undertake 3 months of a physical activity and they must learn a new skill as well as their final section, their expedition. Our alternative curriculum groups have been working really hard since September during their Alternative Curriculum lessons to tick of each section, their activities have included working alongside the caretakers at school, planting Christmas trees in the dunes at Croyde, litter picking in school and around the local area, yoga, football skills, nail art, card games and public speaking. 

In June we drove out to Mortehoe with five year 10 students and three year 11 students to complete their Bronze expedition. To say we were lucky with the weather is a bit of an understatement. The group worked their way around the coast path to Woolacombe, through the dunes to Putsborough and around Baggy point before dropping down into Croyde to meet the mini bus and a truly deserved ice cream. At the campsite all students set up camp and cooked their dinner on the stoves.  Due to the beautiful weather we felt it was only fitting to head back to the beach and play some volleyball and ‘football rounders’ and then after a few rounds of Uno the students headed into their tents for the night.

At 5.45 am on Thursday morning I was woken up to the sound of breakfast being made and tents being packed away as the students had cleverly worked out that “the quicker we get going the quicker it’s done.” Once camp was packed away 8 very tired and grumpy teenagers set off on their 6 hours walk back to school. Myself and Nadine shadowed for the morning but by lunch we were confident in their navigation and team work and we left them to it and continued to checkpoint along the route. The combination of little sleep, the heat and achy feet was kicking in but all students showed a huge amount of resilience and made it back to school greeted by a round of applause by the staff. I think it’s fair to say they really shocked themselves with what they could achieve and were incredibly proud of themselves. 

Read about Park Alternative Curriculum here.