New Challenges for D and E students
15 pupils from Years 9 to 11 have recently been involved in another first at Fazakerley High – this time the well-respected Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. The scheme encourages students to learn new skills and try new activities and so it was that the students, assisted by Miss Laird, Mr Carr, Mr Boardman and Miss Brumfitt, set off on the practice expedition.
As with the real thing, pupils had to walk for several miles a day, navigating with map and compass and put up a tent at the end of the first day to spend the night in the countryside. They also had to carry all they needed for the two days on their backs: rucksacks, tents, stoves and all their food. After all that effort they were able to enjoy a relaxing evening by the campfire, telling ghost stories and eating marshmallows…before having to shoulder their packs once more first thing next morning! As is traditional with camping trips, pupils on occasion had to put up with torrential rain – so it was even more impressive to see them tackling the challenge with so much enthusiasm, and not a single complaint! They were rewarded for their hardiness with a spot of grass sledging - rolling down a hill in a sledge with wheels attached; hopefully the first of many new experiences that those undertaking the D of E challenge can look forward to.