DofE – First Aid training

Congratulations to Sam Thomas-Smith, Charlotte Vallis, Georgia Jennings, Victoria Woodhead, Mary Hebron, Olivia Doughty, Jonathan Boyd and Charlie Gascoyne for successfully completing their ITC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work this week. The students took part in a 6 hour qualification over 2 days and covered the essential skills of first aid, including dealing with an unconscious casualty, shock, CPR, bleeding and much more. The students have completed this qualification as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training – as in 2016 they will be completing a challenging 4 day canoe expedition, which requires the students to be extremely self-sufficient. I was really impressed with the quality of the candidates and their performance throughout the course and am sure that the skills they have learned will be a great asset to the school and the wider community.

 6th Form FA Dec 2016

Mr Mann, Head of Outdoor Education.


MFL teambuilding at the bunkhouse!

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On Wednesday September 23rd a group of 14 Year 12 and 13 students from French, German, and Spanish travelled to Rosedale, accompanied by Miss Mark, Miss Wilson, Mr Mann, and Mr Heeley. On arrival at Rosedale the activities commenced. Activities included: the wooden skis, marbles, the helium stick, blindfolded jigsaw, juggling, interlinked handcuffs, tie a knot around a chair, and retrieve the bomb from the pool of custard sharks. After a few hours of activities we had a hot chocolate break. Next we went on a scavenger hunt and had to use languages to think of a word for all the letters in LADY LUMLEY’S LANGUAGES.

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Gold DofE assessment

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‘Resilience’ and ‘grit’ are words that are often used by politicians and educationalists to describe the qualities that young people should be equipped with to succeed in an ever changing world. However, real ‘resilience’ and ‘grit’ are qualities that can only ever be properly developed when faced with true challenge and adversity. The Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition certainly does this.

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“… there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

David Mann, Head of Outdoor Education

Last week we were blessed with glorious weather for a two day canoe DofE training expedition. The expedition was for a group of Year 11 Silver DofE students who want to carry out their Silver expedition this Summer by open canoe. Naturally, the training requirements are much more demanding for a canoe expedition so we provided the students with a bespoke two day skills course.

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Risky Business

By Dave Gwillam – One Degree West Outdoor Learning

As outdoor learning professionals, we are often working in remote or potentially hazardous areas, or engaged in so-called risky activities. To ensure that all involved stay as safe as possible, we spend large amounts of time preparing, adapting and reviewing risk assessments.

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