Duke of Edinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh
It has been an extremely productive term for Duke of Edinburgh students. We have seen an influx of new Bronze level and direct entry Silver members and there are now more than 70 students actively involved in their Duke of Edinburgh journey. This involves students being a volunteer in the community as part of their Service requirements, learning a new skill, taking part in a physical activity and planning, organising and taking part in an adventurous journey as part of a group. There are 3 levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold and each level requires a greater committment.
Pupils took part in the annual Adventurous Journey Training weekend. Teachers and more experienced Gold level students taught how to cross rivers safely, light fires for survival, put up emergency shelters, read maps, use compasses, cook on stoves and administer Emergency First Aid.
In addition there were 3 groups who planned, organised and completed a practice or qualifying Adventurous Journey over the Easter holidays.
10 Bronze students completed an overnight tramp into the Kiwi Burn hut in the Mavora Lakes area. In lovely conditions they tramped 14kms along the Mararoa River from the South Mavora Lake to the Kiwi Burn hut which is nestled in an open valley. They completed the Kiwi Burn Loop track on the second day. For many of the students it was their first experience of tramping with full packs and sleeping in the backcountry in tents.
Six Year 11 Silver DoE students set out for a 3 day, 2 night tramp on the Mid Caples Track near Glenorchy. This tramp was part of their Duke Of Ed Adventurous Journey as the students were either training or qualifying for their Bronze or Silver Award. The students had a successful tramp as the track was great and the weather was beautiful.
5 Gold Duke of Edinburgh students completed a four day tramp in the Rees Dart Track area, where they climbed to 1400m altitude and took in lovely vistas of the area. This was part of their practice or qualifying journey on their journey to complete the prestigious Internationally recognised Gold Level certificate. When complete they will receive the award from the New Zealand Governor General at Wellington.
Thank you to Ms Carter, Mr Bruce Thomson, Mr Craig Donaldson, Mr Oliver, and Mrs Snow for giving up their holidays to help supervise and help organise these Duke of Edinburgh students. Without them, the adventures would not be able to take place.