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Outdoor Pursuits Weekend 2016

After an ominous week of persistent rain, the weekend at the YMCA in the Lake District was looking like it might be somewhat of a wash out. However, spirits lifted, as did the weather and what ensued was a fantastic weekend with beautiful sunshine and a phenomenal view over Windermere.

 

Friday night started out with some ice breaker tasks, students threw themselves in with gusto and in what felt like five minutes it was already time for bed. The timing was perfect as the rain then started to fall torrentially to the echo of students asking: “How do you put a duvet cover on?”; students were soon tucked up in strange beds, just a little excited about what the next two days would bring.

 

And goodness, just what it brought. There were screams of joy on the zip wire, paddling in canoes across Windermere for an ice cream, climbing up and abseiling down crags, obstacles courses, wet feet and huge amount of hilarity. In no time at all we were bringing 25 exhausted students (and staff) back to school. I could not have for better company on the trip, I am always astounded at the manners and goodwill of the students. Thank you to Mrs. Fraser, Mrs. Ogden and Mrs. Howcroft without whom the trip could not have ran. I look forward to next year, I wonder what we will try next time?

 

Ms J. Sheldrick

 


Duke of Edinburgh

What an exciting year it has been for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Rishworth School.

 

October saw 67 students presented with their Bronze Award at the Shay Stadium along with 1 Gold Award.

 

November followed, with an even grander Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the DofE.

 

Finally in May to top off the year Mr Ogden and our Gold Award students; Olivia Byrne, Emily Newell and Oliver Morgan Clague were all invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their award from the Duke of Edinburgh himself.

 

In the meantime, the students at all levels have been working hard this year. Expeditions in the local area saw much better weather than last year; what sun on a DofE expedition?

 

 

Weekly lunchtime sessions meant the students in Year 10 and Lower 6 were all very well prepared for the 3 expeditions. Starting with a training day in March in the moorland and reservoir areas around the school. The Practice then took students a little further afield, making it as far as Hebden Bridge in May, with an overnight camping experience at Jerusalem Farm in Luddenden. The final assessed expedition encountered the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors and the spectacular view of Malham Cove.

 

All groups surpassed themselves, taking on new challenges and experiences on the way. I look forward to another successful award evening in October!

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