Have you ever been bog snorkeling? Well, some of our Year 11 students did – somewhere deep in the New Forest and probably not quite intentionally! They will never forget the experience – just one of many they had whilst completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards this year. Ably led by Mrs Cochrane the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Downlands is going from strength to strength. Started in 1985 by Stirling Triggs with just a handful of students, Mrs Cochrane was delighted that over 100 Year 9 students have expressed an interest in taking part in the scheme next year.
But it is not just the 2 day expedition with one overnight stay that the students complete; participants have to complete 3 months volunteering, 3 months working on a physical skill and 3 months improving or learning a new skill. This year the students were involved in volunteering in teaching children to sail, working in charity shops, cat rescue charities as well as learning to cook and play the flute.
On Tuesday evening, we were delighted to celebrate this year’s successful participants – congratulations to them all!
Bronze winners were: Luke Cornford, Madison Graves, Timna Hudson Amatt, Kate Barkley, Luke Winton, Sam Wright, Cydney Wilson, Charlie Subedar, Maisie Tucker, Jesse Kibble, Nicole Wood, Imogen Chard, Beth du Preez, Naomi Kerse, Paloma Radley Smith, Toby O’Connor, Nathan Warren, Freya Thorpe, Isaac Fenton, Luca Oliver, Amy Gelnar, Alfie Moor, Louis Anderson, Autumn Grierson, Luke Goff, Niamh Spencer, Hattie Payne, Olivia Lonsdale, Kate Townsend,and Callum Hancock.
Silver winners were: Monica Yell, Alex Martin and Rona Surtie.