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Duke of Edinburgh Week

The final weeks of spring term normally see Foundation Learning students off to explore the Forest of Bowland over 3 days on their annual Duke of Edinburgh expedition. This year, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions there was a change of plans.

The Duke of Edinburgh awarding body changed guidelines to enable students to still achieve their award under new, revised conditions that didn’t involve an overnight stay.

So, never ones to be put off, our Foundation Learning Team decided to have a ‘Duke of Edinburgh Week’ all based from college and surrounding areas. Students took part in 8 different activities over the 4 days which still promoted the core values of challenging students, building teamwork, learning new skills and gaining an appreciation for the outdoors.

The activities the students took part in were camp cooking, wild walks, tent setup, campfire cooking, solve the mystery Avenham trail, camp skits and song, Virtual Reality Everest adventure and forest school activities of environmental art and a nature scavenger hunt.

The students had an amazing week and it was brilliant to see them making the best of a difficult year, trying new things and surprising themselves with what they are capable of. Congratulations to all who were involved!


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