All the silver expedition groups need to complete their expedition projects by the 12th November at the latest. This will need to be done in their own time as C21 no longer have Friday DofE sessions.
Groups will then present their final product at the Silver Award presentation evening on Monday 19th November.
Groups can email or come and see me for advice at anytime.
Invites for the presentation evening will be sent out this week.
During de-gunge any equipment that has been lost or damaged on expedition is charged to the group or individual that the item was assigned to.
Naturally some equipment needs replacing due to normal wear & tear and these items are not charged.
Also the canoeing group need to bring in any outstanding money for the hired dry bags and the level 3 canoeing coach.
The cycling group need to bring in the money for hiring of pannier racks.
Any problems with the above please email me about this.
I will be speaking with the students tomorrow in crew and sending a letter home for those concerned.
This jacket was left after de-gunge on Saturday. Please collect it from XP East reception before the end of the week.
The presentation evening was a lovely celebration with students presenting awards to each other by giving a reason why they felt they deserved it. The certificates & pin badges were then presented to students by their crew / DofE leader.
Over 90% of the year group passed their Bronze within the year.
Students that haven’t yet completed the full programme received certificates for the sections that they’ve completed to date.
The DofE presentation this evening is now being held at XP East community area instead of XP.
As there is a Rover’s match tonight please can you park in the Rovers overflow car park (car park 4) opposite XP’s main entrance.
Please arrive at XP East reception to start at 5.30pm.
Just a reminder that the DofE Bronze Award presentation evening is next Tuesday 9th October at 5.30pm to 6.30pm. This will take place in the community area of XP.
Doors open from 5pm.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Please be aware that bag packing will take place in XP East’s sports hall on Wednesday 10th October from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. They will need to bring all of their kit and food to this session so they are packed and ready for an early start next morning. There will be checks to make sure students have appropriate kit with them. If students are bringing additional blankets and coats for the campsite they must bring these to the bag packing session too. These will be packed onto the buses that evening.
Students need to be at school no later than 7.30am on Thursday 11th October for registration at XP East.
As always student medication must be in it’s original packaging with the name and dose written on. This must also have been recorded on their medical form. Please make sure students hand in their medication as they MUST NOT carry it on them unless approved by their expedition leader as stated in our risk assessments.
We will return to school on Saturday 13th October where we will de-gunge the equipment. We will be finished at 5pm. Parents need to park in the usual rovers car park and students will be let out. I do not foresee any reason for a change to this time, however If there are any changes to the time we will update the website as soon as possible.
The qualifying hiking expedition is fast approaching (11th – 13th October), so I am sharing the kit list again as a reminder of what students need to take. There is no actual kit check this time as students will have the appropriate kit from the practice expedition.
Can I advice that students bring an extra blanket and / or an extra coat for at the campsite. The nights could get cold. Thermals are also a good idea for an extra layer of warmth. Lots of thin layers are better than 1 thick layer.
The extra items can be brought in a plastic bag with camp shoes and will be kept on the mini bus rather than students having to carry them.
Extra kit lists are available from the office.
Further information about times etc will be posted later in the week.
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All silver hiking expedition groups must have completed ALL of their planning for the assessed expedition by the deadline of 3.15pm Friday 28th September.
This deadline is non extendable as I need the following 2 weeks to finish risk assessment, finalise staffing and equipment.
Students are all aware that Wednesday 26th September is the last date that I am willing to check through their planning and give feedback. Any final corrections can then be done in school during the DofE session on Friday 28th.
Any Group that has completed everything and had it approved by me by 3.15pm on Friday 28th September will go on the assessed expedition on the 11th October.
The presentation for the DofE Silver Awards has been set for Monday 19th November at 5.30pm.
Further information will be posted nearer the time.
Students need to have completed all their silver sections by the 5th November to receive their award on the evening.