The Blue Coat School has a vibrant and active extra-curricular calendar with The Duke of Edinburgh Award being one of the most popular activities at the School, with 240 students from Years 9 to 13 currently enrolled in the programme.
The scheme provides our students with a fantastic opportunity to take part in series of exciting and challenging activities designed to develop key skills including teamwork, leadership and self-esteem.
Since the start of the autumn term our students have successfully completed their first weekend training session of the year, covering essential topics such as First Aid, map reading and how best to pack a rucksack, skills which were swiftly put into action during both Bronze and Silver practice and qualifying expeditions.
During expeditions to Waddington and Clitheroe the Great British weather did not disappoint, resulting in an additional battle against copious amounts of Lancashire mud, but undeterred our students completed their expeditions, under the watchful eye of Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, with a few blisters but overall a great sense of achievement.
Reflecting on this term’s expeditions Blue Coat PE teacher and Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator Miss Baker stated “students have shown their resilience and capabilities this term and have become fantastic role models for the School and wider community during their volunteer commitments.”
Going for Gold
In October we were proud to announce that from 2017 students will for the first time be able to participate in the Gold Award, the programme’s highest achievement. So far over fifty students have signed up to take part.
New Kit thanks to support from the Elizabeth Jolly Charitable Trust and the Proven Family Trust
We are extremely grateful to the Elizabeth Jolly Charitable Trust and the Proven Family Trust for their generous contributions to funding new equipment for our Duke of Edinburgh programme. We are keen to make the Duke of Edinburgh programme more sustainable through the purchase of our own equipment that we can then lend to students taking part.
The £5,000 donation from the Elizabeth Jolly Charitable Trust and the £300 donation from the Proven Family Trust has enabled us to purchase the following equipment:
13 x 3 sleeper tents
6 x 2 sleeper tents
40 x 65L rucksacks
13 x 25 in 1 Trangias
31 x Foam mats
3 free 65L rucksacks
3 free head torches