A group of 22 S3 pupils are hoping to achieve their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award has four sections: Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition.
The principles of the Award scheme are that pupils develop a sense of personal responsibility towards others and themselves, self-reliance in existing skills and new ones undertaken and perseverance in activities over an extended period of time. The scheme is designed to be challenging, non-competitive, personal and fun.
At Charleston Academy pupils get help, advice, support and encouragement to complete the Volunteering, Skill and Physical sections but are expected to take on the major responsibility for these sections themselves. This includes researching and arranging their own activities.
The Expedition section is organised in conjunction with staff and pupils at the school. Pupils and accompanying staff took part in a practice expedition earlier in May. Their assessed expedition will take place over the next two weekends – 23/24 May and 30/31 May and will involve wild camping. The expeditions see the pupils divided into four smaller groups which must be self-sufficient and self-contained over the two days.
The photos are from the practice expeditions.
Ashley Todd, Craig Robertson, Fergus McIntyre, Kieran Watts, Ronan Hennessey
Andrew Howieson, Ewan McMillan, Nathan Ross, Samual Blackhall, Lewis Hilditch, Fraser McKenzie
Beth Fraser, Niamh Wilson, Kate Farman, Siobhan Gebicke-Kerr, Emily Haydock, Kirsty Hadderwick
Jemimah Morris, Charlie Mackenzie, Lisa Lewis, Jodie Keiro-Kirk, Jessica Nelson, Naomi Cameron
The staff accompanying the expedition were
Miss Sali Massey (Geography Department)
Miss Rhonna Glynn (History Department)
Mr Stuart Buchanan (Geography Department)
Mr Scott Nairn (Music Department)
Ms Kay Storey (English Department)
Mr Shaun Foster (Biology Department and School D of E Coordinator)