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Duke of Edinburgh 2017

On Saturday 1st of October a group of 31 Year 11 students set off from Sheffield, by bus at the start of their Bronze Expedition. In small groups the students arrived packed down with heavy rucksacks, sleeping mats, tents and cooking equipment.

They were venturing into Derbyshire countryside with limited 4G availability and, the scariest thing of all - cows!!!!! The students had to navigate a map and walk over rough terrain for approximately 16km. Once they set off, the volunteer staff rushed around the countryside ensuring that the students did not become too lost and making sure that everyone was safe. They all did really well as due to slight detours, persistent rain and strangers giving them wrong directions some of the teams did not come in till really late.

The groups put up their tents, and heated their pot noodles, burgers and pasta up. A few put on their PJS and dressing gowns and walked around the camp as though they were in 4* accommodation, and made Hinde House appear to be a top notch private school.

The next morning after a cold and wet night the students woke up and heated up their water for breakfast and started clearing away their soaking tents. The day brightened and the students picked up speed, and made a cracking pace to Bakewell. A couple of groups managing to run and catch the bus home with lightning speed despite being tired and wet.

The Bronze Expedition is hard, but out students rose to the challenge, working well as a team, being courteous to other people, and showing me yet again how Hinde House students always make our school proud when out and about.

Mrs Greenwood

Article Published : 2/10/2017