DofE 2021 – Training day Sunday 16th May

Please pay attention to when your year group is due on site, if there are any issues please email pbryant@kingsdownschool.co.uk

Welcome and eDofE, Bags and Tents

Maps and Compass

First Aid, Nutrition, CC and trangia

9:00 – 10:00

Year 9 (1) Main Hall

Year 9 (3)

A block left side

Year 9 (2)

A block left side

10:00 – 11:00

Year 9 (3)

Main Hall

Year 9 (2)

A block left side

Year 9 (1)

A block left side

11:00 – 12:00

Year 9 (2)

Main Hall

Year 9 (1)

A block left side

Year 9 (3)

A block left side

Change over of year groups

12:00 – 1:00

Year 10 (1)

Old Gym

Year 10 (3)

A block right side

Year 10 (2)

A block right side

1:00 – 2:00

Year 10 (3)

Old Gym

Year 10 (2)

A block right side

Year 10 (1)

A block right side

2:00 – 3:00

Year 10 (2)

Old Gym

Year 10 (1)

A block right side

Year 10 (3)

A block right side

Change over of year groups

3:00 – 4:00

Year 11

New gym

Year 11

New Gym

Year 11

New Gym

  • Saturday 22nd May and Sunday 23rd May – training walks and practice expedition
    • All students.
    • Parental drop off 9am on Saturday at Barbury Castle car park (SN4 0QH), collect 4pm
    • Parental drop off 9am Sunday at Burbage Scout Hut (SN8 3AN) collect 3pm
  • Friday 18th June and Saturday 19th June – Bronze qualifying expedition.
    • Students to bring equipment to school where it will be stored safely
    • Students leave school Friday at 1:30pm, return Saturday at 5pm
  • Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July – Silver qualifying expedition
    • Students to bring equipment to school where it will be stored safely
    • Students leave school Friday at 1:30pm, return Sunday at 5pm

Please note that attendance at events in May is mandatory, and the qualifying expedition is also mandatory for the level your child is partaking in.

All participants are requested to take a lateral flow test in school prior to the qualifying expedition leaving site. Further information about the Covid safe protocols we will be following will be sent out closer to the date of the expeditions when Government guidance has been updated.

Exciting announcement!

The DofE team at Kingsdown school are so excited to announce that DofE is up and running again this May!!!

This has been running behind the scenes and our students have been busy completing their volunteering, skills and physical but until now they have not been able to complete any expeditions. For those of you involved in DofE this year you would have got a Group Call last night listing all of the dates. This list is also available on our DofE notice board outside of the Old Gym.

We are starting off with some training days to ensure our students are fully trained in map reading, putting up tents and cooking on a trangia, they will then put this into practice on their training walks. The first of these training days will be held in school on Sunday 16th May and the secondary will be held in the local community on the 22nd and the 23rd May.

Keep watching this space for more updates!!

Bronze DofE

Last Saturday we took our 22 year 9 students off for their assessed expedition. All students met us at school and most had learnt a lesson or two since their practice and decided to pack much lighter!!

We arrived at our campsite and set all groups off on their day 1 walk. Once again Lost Girls lived up to their names, but managed to reach the campsite before the every other group. Next back to camp were the Bushtucker girls and bringing up the back were Cool Kids and Mandem. All were in very good spirits that night so after cooking their meals they decided to play some rounders, football and frisbee. We shared the campsite with another school and all of our students did Kingsdown School extremely proud throughout.

The next morning Lost Girls were first to pack up their tents whilst Mandem were slightly lagging…. perhaps due to the chatting that went on during the early hours…? All were then sent off for their second day of walking. Each of the groups did much better on their navigation skills during day 2 and all managed to get through all three checkpoints without getting too lost.

At the end of day 2 Miss Bryant congratulated all 22 students on passing their assessed expedition. Please don’t forget to put all of your evidence online ASAP. Miss Bryant is coming into assembly this week to present to you the silver DofE so if you’re interested please grab a letter.

Well done everyone!

Good morning happy campers!

One group decided to keep Miss Bryant up most of the night chatting, which leaves a grumpy Miss Bryant and very tired students.

Apart from that all has gone well. All students have left camp for their second day of expedition. All teachers are at their check points for the day and Mrs Ridley has made some new friends, chatting to the cows.

We will keep you updated on the weather but it’s perfect walking weather at the moment, cloudy and 14 degrees.

Evening update

All groups are now back to camp, pitching their tents and making their evening meal.

There have been some very questionable map reading skills today. Lost girls managed to get back to camp first of all…. but missed half of their route. Next to arrive back at camp was Bushtucker girls who managed to go through all of their check points. Quotes of the day from Mia include “we’ve had the greatest outdoors day ever” and “those vampire flies are evil”.

After that there was a close battle between Cool Kids 🙂 and Mandem to race back to camp. Quote of the day from Josh “Shannon started shouting at me and it was scary”.

All are now in very good spirits, having had their food and now relaxing for a couple of hours.

Silver expedition

Last weekend our 17 year 10 students completed their real silver expedition which consisted of 3 days walking and 2 nights camping. This was on one of the hottest weekends of the year and so all students were briefed before on the safety measures we’d put in place for them.

Students met us at school on the Friday afternoon, all ready with extra water and sun cream. From there we took the students over to Wilcot for our expedition, all 3 groups were very strong throughout. However 2 groups were getting tired in the evening so it took a walk out by Mrs Ridley, Miss Bryant and Miss Maller to sort them out and get back to camp in time before it got dark. That evening all was quite by 9pm.

Students were up bright and early the next morning ready to go out on their 2nd day of walking. Students left nice and early to ensure that they were not still walking when it came to the hottest part of the day. All made it through the check points and no one looked like a lobster by the end of it. Students got back to camp early afternoon where a shelter was put up and each had an ice cream to cool them down. That evening again was a very quiet one where all students were in bed by 9pm.

On the final day of their expedition, students were again up nice and early and ready to go and absolutely whizzed through the whole of the course.

All 17 of our students completed the 3 day silver DofE expedition and all did so with so much determination and resilience. They have done Kingsdown extremely proud and should be so proud of how much and how fare they have come. Well done to each and every one of them.

Don’t forget to upload all of your evidence ASAP!

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