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IMPORTANT: Drop off point for this weekend 28/29th April

Below is the letter form Kevin about a change in drop off this weekend.

 

 

Hi

 

The campsite we are using for the Bronze Expedition training is situated at the end of a long narrow lane and they have contacted me to say they are going to be very busy this weekend and that they are concerned about congestion for all parents. They have suggested an alternative drop off / pick up point for the groups, that is nearby and will allow parents to more easily find us, park and drive away without problems. It is still a good idea to carshare. The groups will meet their trainer there and walk to the campsite. The drop off and pick up times are the same. The campsite address stays the same.

 

Sat morning parents drop off: 9:00am prompt.

Sunday afternoon parents pick up: 4:30pm

 

Drop off / pick up point:

Village Green

Corner of Oldknow Road and Arkwright Road

Marple

Stockport

SK6 7BX

Click here for Google map

 

Campsite for weekend:

Linnet Clough Scout Camp

Gibb Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5NB

 

Regards

 

Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

Silver and Gold Direct Practice 8-10th June.

Here is a letter from Kevin Beattie from Venture Out with regard to the Silver practice in June.  Any concerns before the trip contact myself Mandy Hickman on admin@aggs.bfet.uk

Contact(on the expedition) in an emergency only:

Tel: 07980 306869     Email: kevin@venture-out.co.uk      

Web: www.venture-out.co.uk

 

Dear Parent / Guardian

 

Your child is due to attend their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Training Expedition on 8th to 10th June Friday to Sunday. I’m contacting you to confirm the arrangements. If they no can longer attend, please let the school know ASAP.

 

I will be coordinating the event and will remain in the area all the time to support the staff. I’ll be on-duty overnight on the campsites and should be your ‘First contact’ if you need to get in touch with your child. I’d remind you that there is often patchy signal in the area that we will be working, (possibly no signal on the first campsite and none on the second one). You can leave a message and I’ll return it when I pick it up. You should also not be asking your young people to be ringing you to keep them updated. Assume ‘No news is good news’.

 

During the training expedition, each group will be assigned their own trainer who will stay with them most of the first two days, training their navigation, group skills and campcraft to a higher level and risk assessing them. As this is a training course, the focus will be on training input and not necessarily on doing big distances each day with full kit. But on most days, they will be out for at least 7 hours and be walking at least 12km and ascending about 400m. Only on the first day will they not have to carry the group kit (tents, cookers, fuel). Please ensure they have understood that this training is to be harder than Bronze Qualifier and that their fitness, equipment and food need to be good. A good waterproof jacket and rain trousers can make the difference between staying well and getting sick when walking in the rain on a hill for a few hours.

 

Please ensure they bring a watch – not just a clock on their phone. They need a wrist watch to help them time their walking and is an essential part of navigating and not getting lost. Please also check that the equipment that they had from Bronze is still appropriate, they may have grown out of a few things. We have found that young people often don’t want to ask their parents to buy new/replacement stuff for them as they want to impress them with their independence and prove that they can do this. (and that they didn’t get their first choice of kit wrong)

 

Friday morning drop off: 9am prompt.

Sunday afternoon pick up: 4:00pm.

Drop off and collection at the same place: St. Pauls Church, Huddersfield Rd, Stalybridge SK15 2PT

 

 

 

Campsites

These are the campsites we are using in case you need to pick up a child. Please check with Event Coordinator before setting off which site your child is at.

 

Well-I-Hole Farm,

Well-I-Hole Rd, Greenfield, Saddleworth OL3 7HY (google map)

 

Crowden Camping & Caravanning Club site

Woodhead Rd, Crowden SK13 1HZ (google map)

 

 

Mobile phones

The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night). There are a number of reasons for this:

The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.

Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets. They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.

There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.

For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:

 

Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment. I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to. You can contact me directly on the number above – please only do this if it is an emergency, and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.

 

Thanks for your support.

 

Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

Bronze Practice 12/13th May Group B

Venue for weekend: Linnet Clough Scout Camp Gibb Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5NB

Sat morning drop off: 9:00am prompt.

Sunday afternoon pick up: 4:30pm This is a large campsite but the lane to it is narrow and the car park small. We encourage all parents to offer car share to minimize traffic and congestion. Please also remember that Google Maps may not work in the countryside due to poor network connection. The groups will have a trainer assigned to them who will be with them at all times from breakfast to evening. Training them in camping, cooking, navigation, walking and emergency scenarios, in preparation for their assessed expedition.

Mobile phones

• The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night). The reasons for this:

• The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.

• Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets. They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.

• There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.

• For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:

• The group are given an emergency phone with the supervisors’ numbers and have been taught what to do as a group in an emergency. We assume that they won’t be able to use it and so our supervisors trail the groups and meet up with them every hour to check in on them.

• Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment. I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to. You can contact me directly on the number below – please only do  this if it is an emergency, and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.

Outdoor activities provider | Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions | For families, schools, groups, corporate Tel: 07980 306869 | Email: kevin@venture-out.co.uk | Web: www.venture-out.co.uk

• If they need to take photos, then they should come with a camera, or maybe their phone but with the SIM card removed.

Please ensure they are bringing a watch – not just a clock on their phone. They need a wrist watch to help them time their walking and is an essential part of navigating and not getting lost. Please also check that the equipment that they had from Bronze is still appropriate, they may have grown out of a few things. We have found that young people often don’t want to ask their parents to buy new/replacement stuff for them as they want to impress them with their independence and prove that they can do this. (and that they didn’t get their first choice of kit wrong) I will be coordinating the event and will remain in the area all the time to support the staff. I’ll be onduty overnight on the campsite and should be your ‘First contact’ if you need to get in touch with your child. I’d remind you that there is often patchy signal in the area that we will be working, and so, if you leave a message and it is not returned immediately, this should not alarm you. You can leave a message and I’ll return it when I pick it up. You should also not be asking your young people to be ringing you to keep them updated, part of the Expedition ethos is for them to be ‘offline’ and engage with the team and experience. Assume ‘No news is good news’ and they will tell you all about it when they get back. Thanks for your understanding and support. Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

Bronze Practice 28/29th April Group A

Please see the details for the upcoming expedition from Kevin Beattie

Venue for weekend: Linnet Clough Scout Camp Gibb Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5NB

Sat morning drop off: 9:00am prompt.

Sunday afternoon pick up: 4:30pm

This is a large campsite but the lane to it is narrow and the car park small. We encourage all parents to offer car share to minimize traffic and congestion. Please also remember that Google Maps may not work in the countryside due to poor network connection. The groups will have a trainer assigned to them who will be with them at all times from breakfast to evening, training them in camping, cooking, navigation, walking and emergency scenarios, in preparation for their assessed expedition.

Mobile phones

• The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night). The reasons for this:

• The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.

• Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets. They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.

• There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.

• For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:

• The group are given an emergency phone with the supervisors’ numbers and have been taught what to do as a group in an emergency. We assume that they won’t be able to use it and so our supervisors trail the groups and meet up with them every hour to check in on them.

• Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment. I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to. In an emergency only you can contact me directly on the number:

Tel: 07980 306869 | Email: kevin@venture-out.co.uk | Web: www.venture-out.co.uk

and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.

• If they need to take photos, then they should come with a camera, or maybe their phone but with the SIM card removed.

Please ensure they are bringing a watch – not just a clock on their phone. They need a wrist watch to help them time their walking and is an essential part of navigating and not getting lost. Please also check that the equipment that they had from Bronze is still appropriate, they may have grown out of a few things. We have found that young people often don’t want to ask their parents to buy new/replacement stuff for them as they want to impress them with their independence and prove that they can do this. (and that they didn’t get their first choice of kit wrong) I will be coordinating the event and will remain in the area all the time to support the staff. I’ll be onduty overnight on the campsite and should be your ‘First contact’ if you need to get in touch with your child. I’d remind you that there is often patchy signal in the area that we will be working, and so, if you leave a message and it is not returned immediately, this should not alarm you. You can leave a message and I’ll return it when I pick it up. You should also not be asking your young people to be ringing you to keep them updated, part of the Expedition ethos is for them to be ‘offline’ and engage with the team and experience. Assume ‘No news is good news’ and they will tell you all about it when they get back. Thanks for your understanding and support. Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

Training Days

Where?  Main school Hall

What to bring? All need lunch, drinks, snacks, sensible shoes and clothing as we may be outside. Silver and Gold participants who have completed their previous awards also need to bring their kit(not food) for a check.

Bronze Group 1:    Saturday 24/2/18  8:50am-4:15pm

Bronze Group 2:    Sunday 25/2/18  8:50am-4:15pm

Silver and Gold Direct:    Saturday 3/3/18  8:50am-4:15pm : silver  bring kit and ruc sac(not food)

Gold and Gold Direct:  Saturday 10/3/18  8:50am-4:15pm : gold bring kit in ruc sac(not food)

Information required by Venture Out

If you are doing your award this year then the following must be filled in.  This is so Venture Out, the company who trains you and runs the expeditions, has up to date information whilst you are in their care.  Please would you submit a form online for the relevant award.  If you are unable to do this then you can print one out and hand into reception for the attention of Miss Hickman.  This should be done by 21/2/18

Bronze: https://goo.gl/forms/4X8cQlSdlRbENRNv1

Silver: https://goo.gl/forms/ozP3ifwhgA4vIkO43

Gold: https://goo.gl/forms/KdfrdfWI9LBqiTiC3

 

Thanks

Miss Hickman

DofE News

 

 

It has been a really exciting year for us this year.  We have record  numbers of students participating with 135 starting bronze, 65 silver and 19 gold.  This is well up on last year when we had 88 bronze, 58 silver and 4 gold.

We have also record numbers completing their awards with our first ever gold award holders.  Congratulations to Roz, Farah (2015-16)and Sudiksha(2016-2017). We have at least four other students who should complete in the coming weeks.

We have awarded 67 Silver awards and 76 bronze awards to the 2015-16 cohort and we have  83 bronze and 53 silver awards (from the 2016-17 cohort) which just need the assessor reports to be completed before those individuals will also complete the award!

Well done to all involved.

Miss Hickman

 

Bronze 2017-18 teams and dates

Bronze DofE:

Due to large numbers we have added an extra training day and we have changed one of the practice expedition dates as it was straight before year 9 exams. This means that we will run the training and expeditions as two equal sized groups.

Group 1

Training         Saturday 24th Feb 2018

Practice         28-29th April 2018           

Qualifying     16-17th June 2018

Group 2

Training        Sunday 25th Feb 2018

Practice         12-13th May 2018

Qualifying     23-24th June 2018

Italics indicate added dates from the information evening. This was due to one of the original practice dates being right before examinations. Extra training day due to numbers.

There will be twenty teams and ten will be in each group. In order to arrange your team you must write their names on the team sheet. These can be found in the wallet on my door of F28. Once filled these should be put into the other wallet on my door labelled ‘completed forms’. The maximum number in a team is 7, if you do not have 7 in your team then you may be split into two smaller groups and be put with others. If you do not know anyone then do not worry as I will assign you to a group, (just put a note into my wallet if you cannot do one of the dates). Please tick the boxes to say which dates your team are able to do. As there are only 2 new dates added, I would expect the majority of people to be able to make the dates. Groups may have to be split if individuals cannot do the new dates. Please complete these sheets by Friday 17th November or you will be randomly allocated to a group.

As you may be aware all of your accounts have been set up on edofe and you will have been sent an email to confirm this. I will go over how to use this in meetings once I have your team sheets.

Costs and Payment 2017-18

Costs and Payment

 

A deposit of 50% should be by cheque made payable to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

The pupil’s name, Form Class and D of E award level should be clearly marked on the back of each cheque. This should be handed into reception by 19th October 2017

 

Unfortunately, failure to meet a payment by this date must mean that a place will not be booked.

 

The balance should be paid by Parent Pay by 1st January 2018 and all monies are nonrefundable.  If the balance is not paid by this date then the deposit will be lost and your child will not have a place on the scheme.  Any issues with paying this please see Miss Hickman.

 

Parents/Guardians must note that on top of the payment cost for the programme, they may need to buy personal equipment.

 

Cost

 

Bronze Walking: £300

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 1 training session /2 day Practice Expedition/ 2 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.

 

 

Silver Walking: £400

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 1 x training day/3 day Practice Expedition/ 3 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.

 

 

Gold Walking: £500

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 1 x training day/3 day Practice Expedition/ 5 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.

 

Gold Direct Walking: £600

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 2 x training day/3 day Practice Expedition/ 5 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.

Training/Expedition dates 2017-2018

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Calendar: 2017/2018

Bronze Walking

Training Day/s:        Sat 24th Feb 2018   9am–4pm

Practice Expedition:   12th-13th May 2018 (19th-20th May 2018) if 13 groups or more

Assessed Expedition: 16th-17th June 2018 (23rd-24th June 2018) as above

Silver Walking

Training Day/s:       Sat 3rd March 2018 9am-4pm

Practice Expedition:   8th -10th June 2018

Assessed Expedition: 15th-17th September 2018 

Gold Walking 

Training Day/s:       Sat 10th March 2018 times TBC

Practice Expedition:   13th-15th July 2018

Assessed Expedition: 30thAugust – 3rd September 2018 

Gold Direct Walking

Training Day/s:       Sat 3rd March 2018 9am-4pm and Sat 10th March 2018

Practice Expedition:   8th -10th June 2018 and 13th-15th July 2018

Assessed Expedition: 30thAugust – 3rd September 2018