Nearly 50 RGS students successfully completed their Gold qualifying hike 16-20 August in Mid Wales. A blustery storm warranting a severe weather warning for high wind started this expedition on a rather inclement note. 3 groups were re-routed below the summits for the first day due to gusts of 50mph forecast on a high route that would take them above 700m for most of the day on an exposed ridge. After the first day the weather was cool and breezy and a bit showery but ideal for walking and the groups rose to the challenge and performed well. Staff were most impressed with their positive spirit throughout the expedition and they were an especially pleasant and fun year group to assist through the challenge. Well done all! Thanks to all the staff and external leaders and assessors for your help with this expedition.
As per bulletin, arrangements for this term for students doing DofE are as follows:
All award levels spend this term planning their summer expeditions. Attendance at planning meets is registered and is a mandatory requirement to join an expedition.
See PERKY criteria for details.
- NEW Bronze 3 Years: Thursday assembly, then Concert Hall 1:30pm Thurs to “find out more” and pick up enrolment letters ; enrolment decision and letter required soon after and certainly before Half Term; Bronze groups will meet every Thursday lunchtime this term to plan first practice expeditions May4-5: muster in Concert Hall each Tuesday 1:20pm prompt.
- SILVER training 4 Year: Tuesday lunchtimes starting January 14th 1:15pm – 2:10pm Geography Rooms
- SILVER qualifying 5 Year: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm D1 starting AFTER MOCKS on Tuesday 21 Jan
- GOLD L6 qualifying/training/Morocco (canoe and hiking): Tuesdays 4-5:30pm Geog Room 14&15
DEADLINE for completion of all expedition planning requirements checked and submitted correctly: Friday 14 March (please refer to PERKY criteria)
DEADLINE for students to complete and submit all AWARD sections correctly on eDofE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14TH (First Aid 4th years have special extension to 14 March, so long as all other sections are complete by 14 Feb)
Apologies for this rash of deadlines. They are necessary so that everyone is clear on what is required and by when to avoid disappointment and permit success for those who are keen to get their award. As usual, if there are any individual snags or problems, please contact MrC at school: email, DofE Office open every lunchtime and for a while after school. Also, please keep in touch with dofe on Twitter @RGSdofe , Facebook and this blog!