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Bronze Award Celebration Evening

On Monday the 29th of February Ranelagh school held a celebration evening for the students who had successfully completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Twenty one students were joined by; staff, parents and guest speaker, Richard Ive, a former Ranelagh student. Richard shared his inspiring images and stories since his own Bronze award in 2008. Whilst studying for a Masters in Politics, Richard has continued to indulge his adventurous spirit and complete his Mountain Leader Award. He is a regular visitor to Skye, Wales, Scotland and the Lake District, where he has climbed and scrambled up many mountains.

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His adventures were inspirational and it was a privilege to have him share them with us. Mr Williams and Richard presented the students with their awards and shared the different activities, skills and volunteering acts the students had undertaken. Well done to all the students for their hard work and achievement.

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Bronze Award Practice Expedition

On Friday and Saturday the 4th and 5th of March 41 Year 10 students started the next cohort of Bronze award training and went on their practice expedition in Henley on Thames. Enthusisatic and unassuming 6 groups set off on their pre-planned routes from the surrounding area. Some groups found applying their nagivational training a challenge initially but clear sunny skies and supportive staff assisted in reminding them of the importance of using their skills. By the time the afternoon came, groups were converging on a central point where they are checked in before the last leg to the campsite. Sun turned to hail and sleet as the groups started to enter the campsite and set up their tents. Most groups took advantage of the large shelter to cook their evening meals and then huddle up in their tents away from the elements.

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A chilly night led to a frosty morning as the sun rost over the Chilterns. Sleepy teams took time to cook a much looked forward to breakfast and pack away thawed out, soggy tents into muddy rucksacks. All teams followed a staff-planned route on the second day to consolidate the skills learnerd the previous day. A shorter walk along the river and up to Hambledon village to the final point, where parents met tired, muddy students who were thankful for the ride home.

All students represented the school excellentely and now need to focus on honing their skills, ready for the assessed expedition later in the year.