Having completed their practice expedition a month ago, Hove Park School’s Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh students embarked on their toughest challenge yet- completing the assessed expedition as part of the award.
The difference between this expedition and their last was the level of assistance they received; this time they were on their own with no adult input. The two teams set off from the upper school site, quickly and accurately navigating their way out of the suburban landscape and on to the rural South Downs setting. As the weather cleared, both groups were able to apply their navigational skills to a route that offered some tricky decisions to be made. As the sun began to fall from the sky, both teams arrived at the campsite just outside Ditchling to erect their tents and get a hearty meal cooked before a night under the stars.
The students awoke to a dry morning, something which the weather forecasters hadn’t predicted! With breakfast made and tents packed, the teams were presented with the ominous task of scaling the steep path ascending onto the South Downs Way at the start of a gruelling day that had over 17kms on its route card. Both teams, who were travelling at 30 minutes apart, showed their physical strength by making light work of the menacing hill. As part of the expedition, both teams were also required to undertake some project work upon their journey. Group one opted to gather photos upon the changing flora on the South Downs to see how species change as they moved away from the sea and rural settings. Group two opted for research upon wild animals vs farmed animals and their habitation on the South Downs.
Onto the afternoon of day two and the teams continued to show resilience and determination, keeping up the pace as they headed towards the finishing point near Ovingdean. The assessor was there to greet the teams and was happy to report that each of the two teams had met the criteria and had successfully passed the expedition section of the award. All of the students that took part in the expedition were once again a credit to themselves and Hove Park School. It is easy to forget how to be fully independent but this group of students proved they could. A huge well done from us!
DofE expedition by numbers…
- 2 teams 7 members in each team
- ¼ of your body weight as the maximum your bag could way (teams must carry everything they require for the expedition)
- 6 hours of activity required each day
- 12kms covered on day one
- 18 kms covered on day two 30kms covered in total
- 243m the highest point above sea level achieved
- 3000* packs of noodles consumed by team two (*approximated guess)
- 5000* tonnes of pasta consumed by team one (*approximated guess)
- 20000000* sheep walked past on route (*approximated guess)
- 100% pass rate for the expedition- well done teams!