Reigate Grammar School DofE


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Conservation Day Petridge Wood, Earlswood

 

On Tuesday 1st April the new Bronze dofe students embarked on their first conservation day.  This one was at PetridgeWood between Salfords and Earlswood.  It is near the cricket pitch visible from the main road.  This was an area of mixed woodland and open ground allowing certain rare native plants to thrive.  Scrub encroachment has caused a loss of biodiversity and the conservation group worked hard to clear trees to recreate the diverse heath previously found here.  The group worked exceptionally hard throughout the day and the RACV were most impressed, as was the local authority countryside warden who inspected our work.  The team listened especially well to advice and learned a great deal about safe and efficient felling and clearing, as well as open fire safety.

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Well done team, RGS saving the world again, starting in our own back yard!

The next conservation day is on Tuesday 8 July and will be to a wetland environment so be ready to get wet!

 


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High Atlas Gold expedition, Morocco, Ait Bougamez February 2014

Well done to all of the 17 dofe students who completed their Gold expedition to the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco this Feb half term.  The expedition visited the Ait Bougamez region of the Atlas mountains some 7 hours from Marrakesh and climbed around the outstanding scenery of the Happiness Valley from Tabant to Rbat then making a return via the high ridges between the valleys.  This is a remote area of great beauty where Berbers farm green agricultural land in cultivated irrigated valleys beneath the brown and yellow snowy peaks near Mt M’Goun, the second highest peak in the Atlas mts.  The weather was cold during the night and, after some brisk winds that brought Saharan dust early in the week, snow fell at night on two occasions before days brightened up to the more familiar Moroccan azure blue skies that dominated the end of our visit.  Day time temps mostly reached the high teens but night time temps fell well below freezing throughout our stay.  Wet sleeping bags on one night precipitated a decision to move the entire crew to a nearby Gite, which was probably colder for some than their tents!

The visit included a couple of nights in Marrakesh which is always a vibrant and stimulating experience.

The students were fantastic throughout the trip and a pleasure to take away.  From touching down in Marrakesh, they were wonderfully interested, sensitive, observant and curious about where they were travelling.  They were delighted to talk to our wonderful guide Mohammed, and our amazingly talented cook, Omar, was a particular hit with many!

Thanks to Far Frontiers for launching the trip, Carol Davidson our wonderful FF leader and also special thanks to the crew at MTT for their outstanding professional care for us during our stay.  Mohammed, in particular, was an excellent guide and made the right decisions regarding safety throughout our trek.

Great video of our trip here by Claudia

More on the weather we had here 


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DofE this term

As per bulletin, arrangements for this term for students doing DofE are as follows:

All award levels spend this term planning their summer expeditions.  Attendance at planning meets is registered and is a mandatory requirement to join an expedition.

See PERKY criteria for details.

  • NEW Bronze 3 Years: Thursday assembly, then Concert Hall 1:30pm Thurs to “find out more” and pick up enrolment letters ; enrolment decision and letter required soon after and certainly before Half Term; Bronze groups will meet every Thursday lunchtime this term to plan first practice expeditions May4-5: muster in Concert Hall each Tuesday 1:20pm prompt.
  • SILVER training 4 Year: Tuesday lunchtimes starting January 14th 1:15pm – 2:10pm Geography Rooms
  • SILVER qualifying 5 Year: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm D1 starting AFTER MOCKS on Tuesday 21 Jan 
  • GOLD L6 qualifying/training/Morocco  (canoe and hiking): Tuesdays 4-5:30pm Geog Room 14&15

DEADLINE for completion of all expedition planning requirements checked and submitted correctly: Friday 14 March (please refer to PERKY criteria)

DEADLINE for students to complete and submit all AWARD sections correctly on  eDofE  FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14TH (First Aid 4th years have special extension to 14 March, so long as all other sections are complete by 14 Feb)

Apologies for this rash of deadlines.  They are necessary so that everyone is clear on what is required and by when to avoid disappointment and permit success for those who are keen to get their award.  As usual, if there are any individual snags or problems, please contact MrC at school: email, DofE Office open every lunchtime and for a while after school.  Also, please keep in touch with dofe on Twitter @RGSdofe , Facebook and this blog!


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Conservation Day Dec 17 2013

Dec 17 2013: Final Bronze conservation day at a Copse wood in Earlswood, Reigate.  After a full technical briefing on techniques and reasons for coppicing woodland and a safety talk from Simon Elson (RACV) 25 students set to work on old and declining hazel and birch coppice along a path circling an ancient woodland.  Working effectively in teams they successfully coppiced a long row of hazels and cleared the brashings onto a fire and stored logs and branches of different sizes for a hedge maker to come along later and use.  We were joined today by local wardens from SCC and a professional hedge layer and hurdle maker who all congratulated our students on their excellent progress and attitude to the task.

Well done to all the team who have completed their dofe Bronze conservation and have been an excellent group throughout.


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Night Hike award leaders

Night Hike Nov 16: a happy success with 5 groups of award leaders cruising through the delightful forests up Leith Hill on a stupendous night with a beautiful moon and great views of Dorking, Reigate and the Wembley arch across to London (you can see the arch if you look closely at the pic with the view). Groups were spot-on with their navigation and had an enjoyable time. Well done and well sung!


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DEADLINE FOR FINISHING YOUR AWARD!!

The Award Presentation evening is Friday 25 April 2013.  To be sure of getting your award at that evening you must finish your award by the DEADLINE.

The deadline for completing your award (Bronze, Silver or Gold) is Friday FEBRUARY 14 2014* before half term.  To get your award you must, by then, have…

submitted for approval all sections on eDofE and updated everything.

assessors comments written and scanned into eDofE and submitted for approval as an assessors comment

written in AIMS and GOALS on your expedition section and handed into the dofe office your EXPEDITION REPORT

returned all KIT

Any sections incomplete or dates or activities inconsistent with the rules cannot be accepted.  Please check WELL before the deadline to see if your award is OK and update eDofE NOW to ensure success!

*Bronze students doing first aid and Silver students doing sign language have an extended deadline which is Friday 14 March


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This week… Tues 12 Nov

Bronze 4th year First aid starts Tuesday 4-5pm Meet Dance Studio 4pm: attendance at all sessions registered and compulsory (dates below)

First Aid Program for Reigate Grammar School DATES 2013

L6 GOLD award leaders D1 4-5:30pm

Sign Language: 4pm usual venue

ALL dofe students MUST be submitting all their activities for approval and finishing eDofE sections by submitting them for approval as soon as possible. 

KEEP Friday April 25 7pm FREE for RGS annual Award Presentation evening

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