Mount School York pupils from Years 10, 11 and College took part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions across each three levels earlier this month.
24 pupils undertook Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions during April in Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales. The pupils walked in groups as they demonstrated exceptional teamwork and navigation skills, ascending onwards and over the terrains of the rugged countryside. Year 10 girls achieved their final Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, whilst Year 11 completed a practice excursion for their Silver Award.
In preparation for their final Gold Award, College I tackled a challenging three nights in the Lake District. The girls experienced three changing seasons during their 3-night adventure! The first day got off to a wet and windy start in Borrowdale, before descending into snowy conditions for Day 2. Head of Biology, Mr Knill, shadowed pupils during the second day in Wasdale before the trip concluded with a sunnier final day in Grasmere.
Immensely proud of all the pupils that took part, Mr Knill commented, “All the girls worked hard over their trips. The weather was unseasonably cold for all, but they took advice on how to stay warm and kept spirits high. New skills were learned and put into practice. A successful set of expeditions!”
Upon successfully completion of the practice trek, College I girls have been invited to undertake the Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition alongside College II pupils. The Gold Award final expedition will hopefully take place in June 2022.
“The first day two days were snowy and rainy, and my shoe broke on day one. I had to walk without a sole and there were no pathways. Thankfully the last day was nice weather.”
Despite getting off to an unlucky start, Izzy had fond memories of her time on the expedition. “It was so funny, I really enjoyed it and I definitely want to carry on with it. We only have one more to do, but it is really fun.” – Izzy
“The last day we had a really nice walk and the weather was so lovely. We visited the National Trust Sticklebarn and The Langdales, and the views were really spectacular and we had lunch there.” – Ruby
“It was just fun and everyone had an absolute laugh. We actually had the motivation to keep everyone going.” – Eleanor