Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
The 6th to the 8th of July saw two big events for Yardleys pupils. This was the Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition weekend.
Thursday 6th July, 3.10 pm: Yardleys first ever silver group left on after school for an evening of hiking, tent pitching and cookery in a field. The weather was wonderful and the silver group were high in spirits. Navigation was excellent and their planned activity time went very well indeed.
Friday 7th July, 7am: Yardleys Bronze group journeyed from school to their start location of their bronze qualifying weekend where they met up with the well rested silver group. All groups got themselves kitted up and ready for their day. After 7 hours of hiking, getting lost, rerouting and some superb navigating skills, all of the groups had made it to camp. Displaying some superb teamwork in their groups and across the whole cohort, they had their camp erected and were ready to cook up some delicious food. Some meals were even nice enough for staff to test. After all pots and equipment had been washed and cleaned by the group (that's right folks, they can ALL wash up and are actually very good at it) it was time for some down time and a chance for the groups to unwind and relax after a long day.
Saturday 8th July, 6.30am: All groups were up and about preparing for their day. After everyone had eaten breakfast, all tents dismantled and packed away and all bags repacked, they were off. Each group had roughly 10 miles of hiking through the countryside ahead of them. Pupils orientated themselves, aligned their maps and compass and were away. As mid afternoon approached, all groups had emerged at the finish line. Fatigued, aching, sore feet and shoulders and almost no sweets or food left between them but all with a sense of accomplishment and pride. They had done it, 2 days (3 for the silver group) of hiking through the countryside covering between 18 and 26 miles of hills, woodland, streams and bridleways and they had passed their qualifying expedition.
It was a quiet drive back to school with many pupils taking the opportunity to relax and some managing to fit in a snooze. During this time it gave me the opportunity to reflect upon how amazing Yardleys pupils can be. When given the opportunity to demonstrate their independence and resilience, they rise to the challenge. Their behavior was outstanding throughout the weekend and they were an absolute credit to the school. As a very proud member of staff, I look forward to the next bronze and silver awards.
Completing their bronze expedition was:
Adil Ahmed, Hashim Amin, Mohammed Ismail Mahroof, Ahmed Karpous, Shazeb Khan, Hussain Mubashir, Ethan Fitzpatrick, Juwairiyyah Hussain, Mohammed Gohari, Ahmreen Shazad, Ayesha Taj, Ibraheem Sarwar, Mohammed Ismail, Mohammed Adam Aflaq, Sabia Bi, Assed Allah Elenby, Salahuddin Sarwar, Ruby Rainbow, Iqra Rahman
Completing their Silver Expedition was:
Mya Bridgewater, Stacey Ali, Ruweyda Osman, Aaqib Usman, Ahmad Ijaz