Pupils who have achieved a bronze DofE award: Alex Brown, Chanisse Brown, Chiara Clark, Peter Cocking, Emily Donaldson, Hannah Dorans, Kirsten Dryburgh, Sarah Findlay, Gareth Fleming, Megan Fleming, Amy Gordon, Louisa Gordon, Meaghan Hay, Kathrine Hunt, Laura James, Mia King, Kirsty Kinnaird, Andrea McGoldrick, Rachael McIntosh, Fiona Mackie, Rachael Moffat, Brannagh Murphy, Rebecca Paul, Katie Robertson, Sean Rogers-Jones, Katie Taylor, Ashley Weir, Kayleigh Williamson, Ishbel Wright.
Pupils who have achieved a silver DofE award: Sarah Findlay, Megan Fleming, Gareth Fleming, Amy Gordon, Rachel Grieve, Hannah Grieve, Kathrine Hunt, Mia King, Kirsty Kinnaird, Christopher MacInnes, Fiona Mackie, Andrea McGoldrick, Rachael Moffat, Joely Muir, Elson Musenga, Rachel Robertson, Katie Robertson, Katie Taylor, Esmee Wright, Ishbel Wright, Claire Young.
Pupils who have achieved a gold DofE award: in April 2017, Rachael Moffat became the first pupil to achieve a gold DofE award.
Practice Makes Perfect.
The practice expedition allows pupils to learn the camping and navigation skills that they will need on their qualifying expedition. This is a good time to get to know your team too. Your team is there to help you through the tough times, and you are there to help them as well.
A Silver Practice in the Southern Uplands in 2015 provided navigation challenges and a truly Scottish variety of weather!
In June 2016, Newbattle’s first ever Gold group completed their Gold Practice Expedition in a 4-day epic from Taynuilt to Bridge of Orchy. Without vehicle support, this expedition used the new train link from Newtongrange. Despite soaring temperatures, the teams climbed high enough to reach snow!
Two Bronze Practice Expeditions in 2016 saw groups of S3 and S4 pupils negotiating the coast of East Lothian from Torness to East Linton.
The 2015 Silver Qualifying Expedition took place on the Isle of Arran which is known as “Scotland in miniature”: Highlands in the north and lowlands in the south! The scenery and wildlife did not disappoint with the groups spotting basking sharks and red deer. The expedition included a visit to the Arran Aromatics factory in Brodick.
This is an important question. Why put yourself through this challenge when you could easily choose not to?
The DofE is a fantastic challenge. It’s a great way to make new friends and get to know your existing friends better. You get to learn new skills and make a positive contribution to your community. You become more independent and self-reliant and get an opportunity to see a different side to the country we live in.
So the question really, is “why not?”
Much more than just an Expedition!
In doing your DofE you have to volunteer in your community, take part in a sport, and choose a skill to develop. After about a year of hard work, you will receive a certificate in recognition for your commitment and hard work. This is recognised nationally and is considered by employers to be the best thing for school-leavers to have on their CV next to their school qualifications. Colleges and Universities are also very keen to receive applications from people who have completed a DofE Award.
If you want to find out more speak to Mr Tyler, or visit www.dofe.org.
Mr Tyler is very grateful for the support shown by colleagues in the delivery of the DofE expeditions. Particular thanks are due to Mr Ammann, Mr Hayes, Miss Mesouani, Miss Logan, Mrs Hoffman, Mr Smith, and Mr Bayne who helped supervise the expeditions. Thanks are also due to all staff and volunteers who supported participants through the other sections of their awards.