When the Met Office issue a weather warning as you are about to embark upon a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award weekend with thirty Year 10 students, your heart begins to sink, but after being out and about around the stunning Helford River on the first day, when the driving rain flew horizontally across the campsite at Manaccan, in true D of E style, resilience and endurance triumphed amongst MBA students. The deluge certainly wasn’t going to dampen their spirits! Excuse the pun.
Up at dawn on day 2 to strong winds and sporadic sunshine, our students, with a friendly disposition and smiles on their faces, set off to weave up and down and in and out of coves, to walk to the picturesque village of Coverack, weighed down with rucksacks full of spare clothing, tents, sleeping bags and mats, cooking equipment, first aid kits, food etc.
On day 3 waking to a cacophony of birdsong, the groups prepared themselves for the final leg of the route. From Coverack to their arrival at Lizard village, tired, windswept and footsore but filled with a sense of achievement, the students’ accomplishment filled us with pride. I can honestly say their behaviour and attitude was exemplary. Not once during the whole three days did we have to reprimand them, nor did they complain at what they had to endure. They all spoke highly of each other and respected the qualities each of them brought to their group. As assessors we were all in no doubt that they would gain the Silver Award. What a wonderful achievement! What a great award to have on their CVs! You certainly deserve it and made us feel so proud of you. Well done to you all!
Report by Ms Helen Jones