Bronze Training Day 25/2/17

All bronze DofE 2017 should attend.

Arrive at the main hall by 9am for a prompt start.  It will finish approximately  at 4:15 pm.

You should be dressed for working inside and outdoors.

Please bring a packed lunch and any snacks or drinks you require.

You will be divided into groups of at least 6 so you might want to do this beforehand.

I will be there too.

Meetings

For all pupils who have handed in an application.  Please bring any missing documents that have been highlighted by your form tutor.  This was sent in an email to them.

You will need a pen and paper, they will take place in F28 and 12:40 and will last approximately 30 minutes. You must attend.
Tuesday 31/1/17            9-1 and 9-6
Wednesday 1/2/17       9-3 and 9-7
Friday  3/2/17  or Thursday 9/2/17          9-2, 9-4 and 9-5
Tuesday 7/2/17            10-1, 10-2, 10-3
Wednesday 8/2/17    10-4, 10-5, 10-6, 10-7

DofE Applications 2016/17

I hope you all had a peaceful break.  As you can imagine, sorting through nearly 200 applications and checking all information is a time consuming role, especially with a two and half week break!  I am currently sorting these out.  All pupils who have applied have a place but some participants have not provided all of the required information.  I will be sending this out to form tutors to pass on next week.

I have decided that as this award is all about the participants being responsible, I will not be emailing all information via Parent Mail.  I have many parents who can’t always find the information sent out to them.  Instead I would guide you to this blog which can be found via the school website.  All up-to-date information will be posted there.

What will happen next?

By 20/1/17

Information will be sent out to form tutors and on the school noticeboard for the participants. Some will need to bring me extra information which is missing from the application. This should be brought to me ASAP

By 29/1/17

Parentpay will be set up for the final payment

By 3/2/17

Participants should receive an email on their school email(year 10) or parents email(year 9)  advising them of their username and password for the DofE website.  I will also invite them to a meeting after school in order to introduce them to  edofe .  This meeting will also introduce the bronze award participants to the time scales required for each area.

If you require any information please look on the DofE website, or participants can come and find me in my room F28 where there is also a noticeboard of any important information

Thanks for your patience and cooperation with this matter.

Mandy Hickman

DofE Manager

 

DofE dates for 2017 : slight change to advertised previously. Bronze dates have been altered

Award Expedition/training Dates 2017 Venue For
Bronze Training 25th Feb 2017 School All Bronze
  Practice Exped 6-7th May 2017 TBC All Bronze
  Qualifying Exped 17-18th June 2017 TBC All Bronze
Silver Training 11th March 2017 School All Silver
  Practice Exped 9-11th June 2017 TBC All Silver
  Qualifying Exped 16-18th September 2017 TBC All Silver
Gold direct Training 11th March 2017 School Gold direct
  Practice Exped 9-11th June 2017 TBC Gold direct
Gold and Gold direct Training 18th March 2017 School Gold and Gold Direct
Practice Exped 7-9th July 2017 TBC Gold and Gold Direct
Qualifying Exped 30th August – 3rd September TBC Gold and Gold Direct

 

 

After discussions we felt the previous date of March may not necessarily give our groups the best opportunity to get the best out of the experience, mainly due to weather.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

DofE meeting

Dear Parents and Carers
If you and your child are interested in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme then there will be a short meeting in Main school, on the following dates. Information is sent out via ParentMail.
Award                      Open to                                        Date and Time
Gold or Silver       Year 12 and Year 10            5/12/16   6pm-7pm
Bronze                     Year 9                                           12/12/16 6pm-7pm

You and your child must attend this meeting if your child wants to participate as there will be important information given. You will be given the chance to meet Kevin Beattie from Venture Out who is our Authorised Activity Provider. We will discuss the level of commitment required and also costings and approximate dates of training and expeditions.
For more information, explore the DofE website at http://www.dofe.org/

Gold Final Expedition

Qualifying Expedition details

Dates: 31st Aug to 4th Sept
Expedition Area: Peak District

Staffing: Kevin Beattie Co-ordinator 07980 306869

Dates
31st Aug Acclimatisation: Arrive 2pm at Gradbach Campsite, Macclesfield, Meet Supervisor, get your kit, food, and maps ready for Assessor. Meet assessor. Stay the night (bring enough food for this night and breakfast)
1st Sept walk from Gradbach to 7Springs, Disley
2nd Sept Walk from 7Springs to Booth Farm Campsite, Edale
3rd Sept Walk from Edale to Crowden
4th Sept Walk from Crowden to Diggle. Parents pick up – hopefully 5pm

31st Aug
Gradbach Scout Camp
Old Hall Farm, Gradbach, Quarnford, Staffordshire, SK17 0SU
http://www.gradbachscoutcamp.org.uk/how_to_find_us_page.htm

https://www.google.com/maps/place/53%C2%B011’26.0%22N+2%C2%B000’37.2%22W/@53.192017,-2.002362,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d53.190556!4d-2.010326?hl=en

1st Sept
Seven Springs Outdoor Activity Centre,
Corks Lane, Disley, Cheshire, SK12 2AZ

HOME

https://www.google.com/maps?ll=53.35393,-2.022774&z=16&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=GB&mapclient=embed&q=Stockport,+Cheshire+East+SK12+2AZ+Disley

2nd Sept
Upper Booth Farm  
Address: Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZJ
http://www.upperboothcamping.co.uk/

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Upper+Booth+Farm/@53.3660659,-1.8467224,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xc4f6349a46e9395f!8m2!3d53.3660659!4d-1.8467224

3rd Sept
Crowden Camping & Caravan Club Site
Woodhead Rd, Crowden SK13 1HZ
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Crowden+Camping+and+Caravanning+Club+Site/@53.49042,-1.893682,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb53f08748c243d63!8m2!3d53.49042!4d-1.893682

4th Sept
Car park in Diggle
4 Sam Rd, Diggle, Oldham OL3 5PU

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/4+Sam+Rd,+Diggle,+Oldham+OL3+5PU/@53.5685069,-1.9929086,172m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x487bc64787087b1f:0xed09df6f87955b56!8m2!3d53.5685069!4d-1.9923601

Acclimatisation Day

This is a requirement of DofE. You don’t walk on this day but you can’t miss it out. You meet your group and supervisor and go through all your kit, food and routes to make sure you have everything and if you don’t you have time to do something about it – so bring money. It also means that you need to have food for that night and the next morning. This evening is not ‘assessed’.
After you have had time to check you kit and route with your group you then meet with your assessor for them to go through your plans, equipment, food. This isn’t meant to be a test, just a final check that you are properly prepared for a 4-day journey and that you have the knowledge and skill level to be successful.

Supervision

Kevin Beattie is co-ordinating the expedition and is emergency contact for parents needing to get hold of participants. Please remember that mobile phone reception in these areas is not guaranteed and so don’t panic if you do not hear back from him immediately. He has access to all medical details and emergency contact numbers. He and the assessor will be driving around in the area meeting groups regularly at arranged points, and monitoring progress. There will be staff available on campsites at night.

What to bring

Everything that you would need for 4 nights camping and 5 days walking. You will need your own Silva compass (see kit list). You will have time on the first day to organise your food as a group and work out what you are sharing and what you are leaving out.

Note
As this event is the weekend before the students go back to school, I am happy for students or parents to contact me directly to discuss arrangements.
Kevin@venture-out.co.uk
07980 306869

Gold Practice Expedition IMPORTANT

Gold Practice Expedition details

Organisation: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

dates: 17th-21st July 2016

Expedition area: Mid Wales

staffing: Kevin Beattie Supervisor 07980 306869
Chris Kirkham
Becki Lounds

dates
17th July Meet 11am at campsite. Meet trainers. Kit & food check. Navigation training day.
18th July walk from Llandrillo to Llangynog
19th July walk from Llangynog to Bala Lakeside campsite
20th July walk from Bala Lakeside to Dolgelleau
21st July walk from Dolgelleau to Moria station Car Park (Near Barmouth)
Pick up probably by 4pm at latest.

17th July
Hendwr Caravan Park
Llandrillo, Corwen, Denbighshire, LL21 0SN

Duke of Edinburgh & Groups

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hendwr+Caravan+Park/@52.9347419,-3.4302143,13.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0000000000000000:0x1b80d6107ac855e1!8m2!3d52.936677!4d-3.4339356?hl=en

18th July
Henstat Caravan Park,
B4391 Llanfyllin To Bala Rd, Llangynog SY10 0EP

Tents

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Henstent+Park/@52.8227472,-3.3991006,14.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbb5de542dffc3c9c!8m2!3d52.8232722!4d-3.3973589

19th July
Gwersyll Pant Yr Onnen, Llangower, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7BT
http://www.balacamping.co.uk/

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pant+Yr+Onnen+Lakeside+Camp+Site/@52.883331,-3.62922,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa340631bb988cdf1!8m2!3d52.8791993!4d-3.6305737?hl=en

20th July
Llwyn yr Helm Caravan Park
Brithdir, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2SA, UK
http://www.llwynyrhelmcaravanpark.co.uk/

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Brithdir,+Dolgellau,+Gwynedd+LL40+2SA,+UK/@52.7587285,-3.8589534,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4865644524187259:0x69ea20d24b7accdf!8m2!3d52.7574199!4d-3.8032937?hl=en

21st July
walk from Dolgelleau to Moria Mawddach train station, near coast south of Barmouth
https://www.google.com/maps/place/52%C2%B042’22.4%22N+4%C2%B001’45.3%22W/@52.706213,-4.031443,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d52.706213!4d-4.029249?hl=en

or if we need to shorten the route for groups with injury (blisters etc)
Penmaenpool bridge
Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, Merionethshire LL40 1YD
https://www.google.com/maps/place/52%C2%B044’54.5%22N+3%C2%B056’02.1%22W/@52.748465,-3.9347067,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d52.748465!4d-3.933931?hl=en

Notes
toilets at both these end points
There is a good bar Resturant at Penmaenpool bridge and a great coastal walk.
Trains can be got from Moria Mawddach station into Barmouth and from Barmouth on to Manchester

Supervision

Kevin Beattie is co-ordinating the expedition and is emergency contact for parents needing to get hold of participants. Please remember that mobile phone reception in these areas is not guaranteed and so don’t panic if you do not hear back from him immediately. He has access to all medical details and emergency contact numbers. He and his 2 trainers will be driving around in the area meeting groups regularly at arranged points, and monitoring progress. There will be staff available on campsites at night.

What to bring

Everything that you would need for 4 nights camping and 5 days walking. You will need your own Silva compass (see kit list). You will have time on the first day to organise your food as a group and work out what you are sharing and what you are leaving out.

Bronze Expedition Success!

Congratulations to the 89 year 9 pupils who recently successfully completed their qualifying expedition for their Bronze award.  The staff who accompanied you were full of praise for the behaviour and attitudes shown.  I have really enjoyed watching your presentations and hearing your stories.

Your next task is to get all of your objectives and dates onto the eDofE website so that I can confirm your success.

WELL DONE!

Year 9 pupils working as a team with navigation.
Year 9 pupils working as a team with navigation.

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Silver Practice Expedition: Letter from Kevin @GRIP

Emergency contact details       Tel: 07980 306869            

Email: kevin@venture-out.co.uk       

Dear Parent / Guardian

Your child is due to attend their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Training Expedition this Friday. I’m contacting you to confirm the arrangements. Please note that the drop off point is different to the pick-up point. Please consider sharing lifts to reduce traffic on these narrow roads and parking issues.

Fri morning drop off:

9:30am prompt.

Venue is Linnet Clough Scout Camp in Marple.

Linnet Clough Scout Camp & Activity Centre, Gibb Lane, Mellor, Stockport.  If using SatNav when visiting the site, please use SK6 5PP which takes you to the Devonshire Arms on Longhurst Lane. The campsite is signposted from there.

Sunday afternoon pick up:

4:30pm – please note that the group may arrive earlier than this but they cannot be taken away until their Trainer has dismissed them.

Buxworth Basin,

Brookside, Buxworth, High Peak SK23 7NE

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 understanding and support.

 

Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

Gold Training Day 20th June 2016

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Pre Expedition training day Monday, 20thJune.
Start & Finish times: 9:30am prompt until 5pm.
Emergency contact on day: Tel: 07980 306869 | Email: kevin@venture-out.co.uk
Venue: Burnage Rugby Club.
Varley Park, Battersea Rd, Stockport SK4 3EA
Participants will need to bring their lunch. There is a sandwich bar nearby.

Transport
The school will not be providing transport for this event. The venue is well served by public transport options. East Didsbury Train station and East Didsbury Metro stations are 10 minutes’ walk from the venue. I have planned a slightly later start than school time to allow for this transport.

Kit check
As their first training expedition is fast approaching it is important that the participants have all their equipment ready. They should arrive with everything they will be bringing on the expedition – this will allow the trainer to check its suitability. Quality of footwear, waterproofs and rucksack will be paramount for walking for 18km each day for four days, carrying all their personal and camping equipment. Participants need to come dressed to be outside for some of the day.

Route planning.
A large part of the day will be taken up by planning the route for the Qualifying Expedition. You will need to bring their compasses for this.

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