10 November 2021
Dr Jessica Dixon, DofE Manager
Fifteen Upper Sixth students trekked across the Brecon Beacons for four days in October half term for the Gold DofE qualifying expedition. The weather was glorious for the first two days but in the following two the student had to overcome bogs, fog, and endless rain to all successfully complete their expeditions.
Sophie had this to say about the experience: “Despite the boggy marshlands and heavy rain, we made many wonderful memories together and learned some invaluable life skills over the course of our Gold DofE expedition. It was definitely worth persevering up the Brecon Beacons’ numerous hills for the incredible views, and the beautiful nature around us, notably the sheep, which encouraged us to keep on going. By the end of the four days, we were extremely tired and wet, but knowing what we had achieved made it all worthwhile and, after spending a few days recuperating, we could appreciate how the expedition was a valuable and enriching bonding experience.”
The expedition is just one section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the students are participating in a fantastic range of additional activities. For the volunteering section, students are giving their time to lead school societies such as REthink, teaching French, and helping siblings and grandparents at home. Activities being undertaken for the physical section include football, barre, yoga, tennis and netball. For the skill section, students are learning sign language and Arabic, playing piano and making jewellery. All participants must also complete a one-week residential course, and their choices include cookery, Latin, geography and sports leadership courses. This is all testament to the superb depth and breadth of the talents and interests of Woldingham students. I look forward to seeing them complete the Gold Award and go to Buckingham Palace to receive their badges and certificates.