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On Saturday 14th March 33 Blue Coat students travelled to Colomendy in North Wales to take part in their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice expedition, in preparation for their qualifying expedition later this month. Equipped with maps, sleeping bags, tents, camping stoves and many more important items the students set off to complete a physically demanding journey on the Welsh hills.

Split into six groups the students worked together to learn new skills including map reading, compass work and different styles of leadership, skills which will be crucial during their assessed bronze qualifying expedition. As well as gaining a greater understanding of the outdoors, new friendships were formed and plenty of fun ensued.

Despite the cold weather, moral was high and after a successful day navigating the Welsh countryside Blue Coat students returned to Colomendy to set up camp and prepared their own dinner.

The next day the team were up at the crack of dawn cooking breakfast, cleaning their camp and getting ready for another day orientating the hills. The weather was on their side with no rain for the whole weekend. Everyone successfully returned to camp during Sunday afternoon and discussed with their leader the plan for their important qualifying expedition.

We would like to wish all students taking part in this year’s Bronze Duke of Edinburgh the best of luck as they prepare for their next big challenge.

Staff and students would also like to thank our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers for their commitment and support.

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