To finish the year, the Gold DofE cohort completed, and all passed (!) their qualifying expedition in the Brecon Beacons. The 50-odd students were split into two groups, walking in opposite directions, sharing one campsite in the middle together. An average of 30,000 steps were covered each day, and all students were exhausted and hungry by the evenings, after setting up tents and ensuring that ‘camp craft’ (tidiness) was always at its best...

All groups persevered through both mental and physical challenge, and were rewarded by the views from the top of the Black Mountains, across miles of farmland, accompanied by many a sheep, and the occasional walker. The weather proved to be beautiful, with only one afternoon of heavy rain, forcing all teams in one of the groups to camp on the top of the sloping hill, in preference to the flat, but waterlogged area at the bottom! Other than this, the warm and sunny climate made the experience much more enjoyable and it is one that many will remember for a long time, or perhaps the feeling of a shower after five days will be the fondest memory.

Having completed the expedition, with only positive remarks from our Ocean Rock supervisors, it’s safe to say that a good number of Year 12 are equipped for wild and self-sufficient living!