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Fourteen pupils accompanied by two members of staff travelled to the Isle of Purbeck last Friday to embark on a three-day Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice.

On arrival in Dorset, the students split into two groups and set off on a 15 mile hike to their campsite, carrying everything they would need for their two night trip.

Using map reading skills and compasses, they navigated across hills, fields and roads with both groups arriving at the campsite between 6.00pm and 7.00pm that evening. After making hot drinks and putting up two tents, the students cooked a much needed protein filled meal.

On Saturday they all had an early start, getting up at 7.00am for another full day of walking with a 15 mile trek.

On the final day of the trip, one group managed to get hopelessly lost but, despite this setback, they still managed to arrive at their destination in the allotted time by devising their own route.

After the trip, Year 10 student Lucy commented: “We learnt a lot about organisational skills, getting to know your group and working as a team. The experience was thrilling, exciting and very tiring.”

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