Newquay Tretherras’ Outdoor Learning department has had a few busy weeks with two successful Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award assessment expeditions taking place.
The first saw students take to the River Wye to paddle more than 130km from the foothills of the Black Mountains to Monmouth.
Strong winds and heavy rain pushed the group to their limits but they battled through to eventually complete the course.
Year 12 participant, Jake Blum, commented, “It’s not as simple as just following the river! The wind meant that if you weren’t paddling you were getting pushed backwards so it was very challenging.”
The second expedition was to the Lake District and saw students trek for four days through mountainous scenery in excellent, clear conditions.
Chris Lucas, Head of Outdoor Learning said, “We are incredibly proud of our Gold participants and, following these achievements, they are now helping us run outdoor programmes with our younger students. They are fantastic role models and their willingness to give back is testament to their characters!”
Outdoor Learning now have a busy summer term ahead with further DofE hikes, kayaking, rock climbing, Year 7 Camp and new survival skills programme, Pathfinders.
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