Mrs Crawford had the pleasure of accompanying Mr Wyke and 7 Y11 girls (pictured above) last week to see them receive their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. To complete this award Jess C, Isobel J, Georgina L, Bem J, Qin Y, Lois M and Millie W had to satisfy criteria for four ‘sections’ – Voluntary, Skill, Physical and their Expedition. They spent at least 6 months volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and then 3 months on the other.
The girls completed the expedition element of their award during the summer term of the last academic year. They walked from Laurence Jackson School to their campsite in Kildale. They walked a total of 15.5 km before setting up camp and cooking an evening meal for themselves. On day 2, the group cooked breakfast before breaking camp and starting their walk from Commondale to their next destination of Lawnsgate Farm in Lealholm (16.2 km). They again pitched camp, cooked an evening meal and entertained themselves by doing gymnastic activities. On day 3, the group cooked breakfast and had their tents packed away ahead of schedule. The girls set off to complete a further gruelling 11.2km to their finish line. The girls arrived at their finish with smiling faces and aching feet to a round of applause from Laurence Jackson School staff and parents.
During the Award ceremony last week, the girls presented a ‘Blog’ to show case the highlights from their expedition. It was a real honour to see the girls do this. A wide range of special guests at the ceremony commented on the quality of the girls’ ‘Blog’ and presentation skills. Considering all the efforts invested by these girls, sustained over such a time period and seeing them deliver such a quality piece of work has inspired Mrs Crawford to include a new ‘Special Recognition’ feature of Laurence Jackson’s Achievement Points Reward System. This new feature is worth 25 positive points and will be awarded to students who showcase excellence; reviewed and decided by Senior members of staff.
Mrs Crawford would like to thank Mr Wyke and his team of staff for their hard work and support in ensuring students have such a brilliant opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and to say ‘Well Done’ again to the girls who really are a credit to themselves, their families and the school.