Use of the outdoors as a ‘classroom’ makes a major contribution to pupil personal growth, social awareness and helps develop skills for life and the world of work. There is also a great deal of intrinsic enjoyment and satisfaction to be experienced from participation in outdoor activities. Here at St Joseph’s, we are passionate about this and seek to provide students with as many outdoor learning experiences as possible.
One of the ways in which we do this is by offering pupils the chance to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.
Students from Year 9; Tyler Hunter, Luke Weaver, Jake Williamson, Olivia Norman, Hannah Kurzyk O’ Donnell and Alyssa Atkinson were keen to benefit from this opportunity and signed up to the Bronze Award. Here they are using camping stoves for the first time, cooking pasta for their lunch.