02 Jul Bronze DofE group success!
On Monday and Tuesday of this week six students from Year 10, Enis, Rahim, Mason, Leon, Justin and Porscha completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award qualifying expedition. They started out in the pouring rain on Monday and trudged north through a very wet Epping Forest, however by lunchtime the sun came out which lifted everyone’s spirits. The group camped in a beautiful spot in High Beech and cooked an excellent evening meal on camp stoves followed by toasted marshmallows.
Day 2 dawned grey but dry, and the group made an early start departing from camp at 8:30am. Their aim for the expedition was to explore myths and legends of Epping Forest. They explored Loughton Camp on their way. an ancient earthwork in the heart of the forest and visited the five-hundred-year-old Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge (originally built by Henry VIII) at the end of their walk, where Queen Elizabeth I is alleged to have ridden her pony up the stairs! They also made excellent time arriving over an hour early at the finish point.
Congratulations to all the students involved on keeping going through some very wet and muddy conditions and to Mr Hill for his excellent supervision and support of the group. I would also like to thank Miss Hall (especially for her wonderful washing up) and Tara and Lucy also from Year 10 who joined us at the campsite on Monday evening.
We look forward to hearing about Year 10’s adventures in Epping Forest when they give their expedition presentation.