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Duke Of Edinburgh Gold

 

On the 25th September 6 of our pupils participated in a practice expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh's award.  This was a particularly special event as it is the first time in the school's history that pupils have aimed for the Gold level award.  Pupils have confidently passed both Bronze and Silver awards in recent years but the Gold level requires much more commitment and physical training. 

 

Familiar faces: Stephen and Kyle setting up camp for the night.

 

Pupils completed a 3 day hike from Dunkeld to Blair Athol covering a total distance of 60km and traversing some very remote areas. Tents were set up each evening, dismantled in the morning and one night was spent in a bothy.  It was a new kind of challenge for our youngsters and one they rose to.  Despite the adverse weather conditions all pupils felt a great sense of achievement and are looking forward to the qualifying expedition next year. 

 

Blair Witchy: Pupils ready to set out in the morning mist with our instructor Alistair (of Aspen Outdoors Ltd) and Mr Leahy.

 

Remote: One night was spent in Sarah's Bothy close to Loch Ordie.

 

Good vibes: Alistair and our young folk en route.

For more information see:

DofE

Aspen Outdors