Co-Curricular

DofE Bronze Practice Expeditions

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Practice Expeditions are fast approaching.  I do hope that your son/daughter has passed on the information discussed in our recent meeting. Please find a copy of the presentation here for your reference in addition to the kit summary

Group A: depart Sat 27 April, 9.00am – return Sun 28 April, 4.00pm
Group B: depart Sat 4 May, 9.00am – return Sun 5 May, 4.00pm

Please arrive at the Sports Hall for 9.00am to meet your instructor. The group and individual kit being borrowed will be handed out. Instructors and PC staff will spend time with you helping you to pack your bag. 

There will be plenty of time to get things organised.  Those borrowing rucksacks should please bring your personal equipment and food in waterproof bags, ready to be transferred into your rucksack.

Pupils will then head out on their routes, initially with direct supervision. Pupils will return on Sunday by 4.00pm although some groups may finish a little earlier.

You will need 1 breakfast, 1 evening meal, 2 lunches and snacks.  In addition to the attachment, you might find the following link useful in helping you to make good decisions regarding kit: www.dofeshopping.org/expedition-kit. 

Please note the school will not make claims for items such as laptops, PDAs, smartphones and cameras and other expensive personal possessions and other expensive personal possessions under the travel insurance as we wish to maintain our claim record. Parents should ensure that personal possessions are covered through their own insurance.

The use of mobile phones on the expedition is only permitted in case of an emergency. Phones will be sealed in a plastic bag for the duration of the trip.  I am sure you will agree that this measure significantly adds to the sense of adventure and independence the expedition fosters. For news, updates will be provided via the @PC_Outdoors Twitter account. 

As a final reminder, the Expedition Review and Qualifying Route Planning will take place on Sunday 12 May 2019:

  • Group A: 9.00am - 12.00 noon
  • Group B: 1.00pm - 4.00pm

We do hope this helps with your planning and very much look forward to the expeditions. 

Will Bower                                
Head of Outdoor Education, DofE Manager

Jan Ryalls                                
DofE Bronze Coordinator 

DofE Silver Practice Expedition - 26-28 April 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Practice Expedition is fast approaching. I do hope that your son/daughter has passed on the information discussed in our recent meeting. Please find a copy of the presentation here for your reference. 

Please arrive at the Sports Hall by 4.00pm on Friday 26 April 2019 in order to meet your expedition leader, complete kit checks and prepare to depart.  Pupils will return on Sunday 28 April 2019 at 7.00pm. 

Kit: Some of you have ordered equipment to be borrowed and this has been distributed in school.  Please refer to the kit summary and the thorough DofE kit recommendation list for further help.  You may also find the following link useful in helping you to make good decisions: www.dofeshopping.org/expedition-kit

Group kit: tents, stoves and fuel will be provided at the campsite in the Peak District. 

Food: As a final reminder, participants are expected to bring two breakfast, lunch and evening meals to cover their trip plus snacks.  Outdoor cooking is part of the challenge, pot noodles are not considered an acceptable source of energy!

Mobile Phones: The use of mobile phones on the expedition is only permitted in the case of an emergency. Phones will be sealed in a plastic bag for the duration of the trip. I am sure you will agree that this measure significantly adds to the sense of adventure and independence the expedition fosters. For news, updates will be provided via the @PC_Outdoors Twitter Account. 

Please note the school will not make claims for items such as laptops, PDAs, smartphones and cameras and other expensive personal possessions under the travel insurance as we wish to maintain our claim record. Parents should ensure that personal possessions are covered through their own insurance.

Dates: As a final reminder for future expedition dates, the Expedition Review and Qualifying Route Planning takes place on Friday 10 May 2019 from 4.00-7.00pm and the Qualifying Expedition is Friday 28 June, departing at 6.30am and returning Sunday 30 July at 6.00pm.

Will Bower                                   
Head of Outdoor Education, DofE Manager

Julia Lindsey 
DofE Silver Coordinator 

  

Co-Curricular Activities - Reminder

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you, particularly those new to Princethorpe College, about the wide variety of Co-curricular activities and clubs that are on offer during lunch time and after school.  Not only is it a good way to try new activities but it is also a great way to make new friends.

A list of all the Co-curricular activites can be found at the front of the Lent 2019 Termly Calendar which you will have received by post over Christmas. Alternatively, click here to view an electronic version. 

Greg Hunter
Assistant Head - Co-Curricular