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Duke of Edinburgh practice success


On 23rd / 24th April, 22 Rushcroft students headed off to the more remote parts of Hertfordshire to do their practice DofE expedition.  On the first day the weather went from gorgeous sunshine, to hail, to icy blasts from the arctic and then heavy rain over night.  Despite that morale was high and I could hear people singing as they pottered around the camp.  On Sunday morning we had to make an early start.  Here are some photos of them packing the camp away at 8am on Sunday morning.  The second day was more gruelling as the lack of sleep and cold winds started to sap their energy.  Their map reading skills were put to the test as they all struggled to follow the route through a wood and across a golf course but by 5pm they had all reached the final check point.

I was impressed by the way everyone helped everyone else (most of the time) sharing skills and food!  They acted very maturely and were a credit to the school.  The camp staff came to talk to me on a number of occasions to complimented them about the way they behaved.  They said it was great to have a group that were so tidy and friendly. They were particularly impressed that our students came and talked to them politely and took an interest in the site.  Students and staff involved below. See gallery opposite for pictures. 

Muhammad Abdullah
Fitsum  Afewerki
Danish  Ahmed
Musa    Butt
Prisha  Chauhan
Reneesha Des Vignes
Ines    Dias Rosado
Simeon  Douglas
Victor  Duncan
Yvana   Dzulova
Armend  Hoxha
Joshua  Jack
Kelsea  Kelly
Yuan Yuan  Lin
Tommy   May
Lotte   O'Rourke
Evelyn  Prejmereanu
Celestin Rosu
Oliver  Smith
Muhammad  Tausif
Ronaldo Urzica
Sebastian Ydema

and not forgetting our fantastic staff Mr Innocent, Mr Clarke, Ms O'Dell, Ms Shelford, Mr Robson and Ms Bell. 

Great job team!