Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Award Final Expedition

The postponed year 10 DofE Award Bronze final expedition went ahead on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June. 

The three teams of year 10s hiked approximately 10km a day over the two days from Brighstone to Yarmouth, camping at Wight Camp.  They independently planned for the expedition including the route, food and equipment needed. 

The main condition of the Bronze final expedition is to be self sufficient and only supervised remotely.  This means that the students needed to follow the route on their own as well as carrying all their equipment and food needed for the two days.  All three teams did this successfully and to a high standard.   They even seemed to have fun – I think! 

The next stage is for the students to get the rest of their sections and activities finished and they will be receiving their Bronze award. 

Well done all those involved.   It was a great couple days and a pleasure to spend the time with all of the students in the great outdoors.  



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Year 8 DofE Information Event

Year 8 DofE Information Event

Year 8 are invited to an event to find out more about doing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in year 9 – Wednesday 8 June 8:45am in the library.

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers – The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition.

At Medina we run an after school session fortnightly where students get help in organising the activities they will do in their own time, as well as undertaking the expedition training. We also go on day hikes and practice expeditions throughout the year. However, students do not need to be Bear Grylls to achieve the award. In fact it is open to all backgrounds and abilities and aims to be inclusive.

Come and find out more in the library at 8:45 on Wednesday the 8 June (during assembly time).

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DofE Practice Day Hike

DofE Practice Day Hike

12 Carisbrooke students took part in a practice day hike for their Duke of Edinburgh on Sunday. This entailed them practising navigation, cooking and putting up tents… all to varying degrees of success.

The weather could not have been better for the expedition on a sunny day with a slight chill in the air. Unfortunately, the conditions under foot were not so great with two students getting their shoes stuck in the mud as well as Mr Norman falling into the mud, although this did brighten up the students’ day as well!

All in all, the students thoroughly enjoyed the expedition and made some lasting memories.


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Busy times for VI Form DofE students

Busy times for VI Form DofE Students

What have our young VI Form DofE participants been up to lately? Well, despite all the time needed to complete their studies, there has been plenty of great stuff happening in support of achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

  • Chloe C has been using her free time to learn to GLIDE and play golf.
  • Daisy H has been dressmaking.
  • Leon K is busy counting penguins on Zooinverse.
  • Joshua S completed an open water lifesaving course plus learning to be a swimming instructor.
  • Sam B is learning the guitar.
  • Joe R and Jessica W are volunteering at the Mountbatten Hospice.
  • Ruby W completed her Bronze and was walking dogs for the elderly in her community.
  • Cleo M has been doing a great job instructing at St John’s Ambulance units.

Congratulations to Tom W who is off to Buckingham Palace to receive his GOLD DofE Award. This is a fantastic achievement. 

Keep up the good work everyone!

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Mud, Views and Horses!

Mud, Views and Horses!

The year 9 & 10 DofE participants completed a 8km day hike on Saturday (15 January) near Niton. As well as learning some new skills in navigation and map work, the students  also saw some great views, encountered a hunt and a great deal of mud!

Well done to the students for getting out on a Saturday morning and thank you to parents for lifts and support. Next step for the final expedition at the end of term for year 10s and year 9 will be doing their practice and final expedition in the summer.


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