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Duke of Edinburgh 2014

This year's Duke of Edinburgh Bronze qualifying expedition was around the spectacularly beautiful Gower Peninsular in Wales.  After a whole year of training and planning for this gruelling 18 mile expedition, the group of 19 Year 10 students set off along the cliff lined coast carrying heavy rucksacks with everything needed for a 2-day hike and 1 night camping. Whilst the navigation on day 1 was moderate, many found the intense heat and rocky coastal path physically very challenging. The second day, although slighter shorter in distance, was very difficult to navigate and involved more hills to climb.  It was a fantastic effort from everyone involved and the feedback from the outdoor company who assessed our students had nothing but praise for them.  When the last group crossed the finish line we all celebrated with a barbeque and watched an impressive electrical storm pass across the Swansea Bay. 

Year 10: Florian Lusha; Charlie Wigg; Kieran Bacon; Billy Wigg; Kane Patmore; Cem Gunes; Harjot Pharwaha; Tyrell Dyer; Karolina Kajak; Latisha Osei; Murat Ucar; Onder Aslan; James Bonney; Camron McIntosh; Salvador Sanchez-Pardo; Hannah Amoateng; Amina Said; Iana Anderson-White; and Leah Coutts.

Similarly the Silver expedition students were successful in their endeavours during the 3 days and 2 nights. The 11 Year 11 students had to first tackle the difficult navigation in unmarked woodland in deteriorating weather.  They very quickly through necessity became adept at compass use.  In the morning they woke to a magnificent view, the campsite being perched on the side of a glacial valley.  A new challenge was offered during the remainder of the expedition with heat and a lack of breeze.  The western Brecons gave the students a different terrain of wild country where it was important to regularly check their bearings.  All the students passed their Silver Award and enjoyed ending their Rushcroft School experience in this way.

Year 11: Lewis Musgrave; Shaun Phillips; Lascelle Sandy; Connor Jones; Daniel Howard; Zia Syet; Drita Krasniqi; Isobel Conlon; Melissa Cetin; Dilan Aktas; Jordan Alcott;

 Ms Southgate and team.