Year 11 students did Fairmead proud at the weekend when they competed the final expedition of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award programme.
This year, eight students accepted the challenge to walk the 19 miles along the South West Coast Path with an overnight camp in Weymouth.
Throughout the year, students have worked towards their bronze awards by doing volunteering jobs around the school, learning hockey as part of their physical challenge section, and learning first aid and sign language for their skills section.
We recently posted here about the group’s practice walk at Ham Hill and overnight camp on the school field. But last weekend was the final challenge where the group’s teamwork, fitness, map-reading skills and stamina were put to the test as they navigated themselves around the course.
The team walked 12 miles to Abbotsbury and back on the Friday afternoon. They then pitched their tents and cooked their own evening meal of pasta and hot dogs, then washed up before relaxing as the sun went down.
The weary walkers went to bed exhausted at 10.30pm, but were up with the larks as soon as the sun rose at 4.30pm! By late afternoon on Saturday, everyone had reached the final destination of the Portland Visitor Centre on Chesil Beach.
Students and staff had the most memorable weekend, with wonderful weather and lots of laughs. Everyone felt deservedly proud of themselves for coping admirably with the physical, social and emotional challenges that the expedition presents for anyone taking part in Duke of Edinburgh for the first time.