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The Award equips young people for life and work.

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently.

Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge. You can find out more here www.intaward.org

 

Bronze Assessed Weekend in Castril  May 2018

Last May seventeen Year 10 KCM pupils passed their Bronze Assessed Expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Despite adverse weather conditions, arduous mountain climbs and a week of ‘End of Year’ exams, the 3 teams all showed just how resilient and positive they could be, impressing all the staff and volunteers with their smiles and good humour.

The day started on Friday with a three hour bus journey to the town of Castril, in Granada.  The pupils then set off on a 17 km walk, over steep hills and narrow paths, carrying rucksacks with all their supplies for the weekend.  They arrived at the campsite of El Cortijillo to set up tent, cook their dinner and finally rest.

Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny despite a warning of rainfall for 2pm.  The teams set off to walk the beautiful Cueva de la Osa trail, along the river Castril, then up over the looming Magdalena mountain.  At 3pm the sky turned from blue to black within minutes, a cool wind blew, then the heavens opened…to the biggest hailstones we have ever seen.  Where possible each group ran for cover. All three groups managed to get back to the campsite drenched and cold, but thankfully safe and unhurt – thanks to help and support from super Miss Wilson!

After 20 minutes of hail followed by heavy rain, the roads turned into torrents of water, mud started washing down the sides of the hills. Brian, Antony and Mark, our trusty volunteers, had returned to camp with the first group and then braved the adverse weather to offer much needed assistance to the other groups – carrying sodden rucksacks for the team and keeping their spirits high.

Hot showers and dry clothes were followed by a celebratory dinner in the campsite restaurant.  

Well done to all and many thanks to the teachers and volunteers for all their support in making the weekend such a success.

Mrs Bengtsson

 

You can find out more here www.intaward.org