60 5th Year dofe silver students enjoyed a team building day at Tilgate Park as part of their training for the forthcoming silver expedition next weekend.
They undertook raft building, mountain biking and canoeing and lots of fun was had by all!
Over 130 students embarked on their Bronze dofe expeditions 10-11 October. They walked and cycled and canoed to various campsites, scout camps and farms around the North Downs, Medway and New Forest areas. The weather was showery and there were thunderstorms overnight that woke many up. This was the largest number of students ever fielded in one expedition by RGS.
Two pioneering canoe groups from Reigate Grammar took an adventurous journey down the River Wye and Severn for their Gold canoe training and qualifying expeditions. They found it rewarding and challenging, on one occasion paddling over 45km in one day! They became a superb team together and the photos show what a great adventure they had. Well done all and I hope this encourages others to take up the amazing opportunity of canoeing for their DofE award scheme which is available as an expedition option for Bronze, Silver and Gold award groups.
Nearly 50 RGS students successfully completed their Gold qualifying hike 16-20 August in Mid Wales. A blustery storm warranting a severe weather warning for high wind started this expedition on a rather inclement note. 3 groups were re-routed below the summits for the first day due to gusts of 50mph forecast on a high route that would take them above 700m for most of the day on an exposed ridge. After the first day the weather was cool and breezy and a bit showery but ideal for walking and the groups rose to the challenge and performed well. Staff were most impressed with their positive spirit throughout the expedition and they were an especially pleasant and fun year group to assist through the challenge. Well done all! Thanks to all the staff and external leaders and assessors for your help with this expedition.
68 students trekked 30 miles over the North Downs from Dorking to… Dorking! The groups went via the North Downs (chalk) towards Guildford, camping at the stunning Chantries camp. They then crossed the clay vale to the extensive Heaths and woods of the Greensand Hills (Greensand) to Peaslake and Holmbury St Mary to a farm camp site under the south slope. The final day saw them trekking over the summit of Leith Hill back towards Dorking, finishing at North Holmwood. Weather was good, warm and dry and most groups avoided the worst downpours on the last day, finishing around midday. Well done all, good hiking with most groups improving their navigation.
Silver qualifying expedition to South Downs: 76 students completed this expedition in sunny warm conditions on a relatively easy route navigationally-speaking from Lewes to Amberley. They performed well, camp craft improved throughout and departure on the last day was efficient. The route includes some really beautiful bits of the South Downs. Many thanks to the students who always make this a most enjoyable expedition.
Remember you need to send in a REPORT and complete all parts of edofe and submit all sections for approval to complete your Silver Award: please do this before the end of term. Students wanting to enrol in Gold should look out for notices early next term in September.
South Wales, Dan Yr Ogof: 4 groups (a small trip) set off on 4 days of training in mostly glorious weather. Routes included the east and west side of the valley, the shake holes above the camp providing excellent micro-nav practice on the second day. Thereafter, on day 3 groups set off over the Fan Hir and Garreg Las Black Mountain Ridges and descended into the Black Mountain camp site which has amazing views of the mountains. The final day saw groups trekking back to Dan Yr Ogof via the scarp slope. Navigation was generally OK, though some errors highlighted the need to focus on routes carefully, even in sunny weather. Had the cloud been down some groups would have had difficulties, so map and compass work still needs your full attention folks. Plenty of food and water is also needed, some forgot the basic requirement to feed and hydrate to keep going effectively and safely. Groups performed very well and were a fun bunch, so well done you!
A huge thanks to all the RGS staff: Miss Hancock, Mr Welch and Mr Newman and a special big thanks to our external leaders Paul and Becs and Pete and John.