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Duke of Edinburgh Award Journey

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Duke of Edinburgh Journey

Seven students, six from grade 10 and one from grade 8, completed their Duke of Edinburgh Journey last week spending two nights and three days hiking and camping in Dayi County.  The seven students left the bus at the drop off point carrying all their equipment, food, maps and compass and set off on a 6km hike, mostly upwards, through the bamboo forests of Hemin Dayi mountain to camp on the plateau.

上周,我校七名学生完成了他们的爱丁堡公爵奖之旅。其中六名来自十年级,一名来自八年级,他们在大邑县进行了两天三夜的徒步旅行和野外露营活动。在站点下车后,孩子们带上了他们所有的装备,食物,地图和指南针,他们将穿过大邑鹤鸣山脚下郁郁葱葱的竹海,徒步六公里到一片高原上露营。

Four of the students Max Chavez, Jasmine Penstone-Miller, Joshua Huskisson and Xinran Wu completed their Silver Award Journey and were required to complete a number of task over the full three days. Adia Semrau completed her Bronze Award, and two other students Martyna Latanik and Ida Bohndick joined the group to support their friends.

其中的四名学生:Max Chavez,Jasmine Penstone-Miller,Joshua Huskisson和Xinran Wu完成了银奖之旅,他们要在三天的时间里完成多项任务。Adia Semrau完成了铜奖之旅,另外两名学生Martyna Latanik和Ida Bohndick加入了该组,抱团作战。

Armed with only maps and a compass the seven students hiked together, navigating the route without assistance from teachers or guides. Mrs Penstone, Mr Penstone and Mr Neal provided the support for the students and monitored their progress from a safe but discrete distance.  It was a very hard climb but all seven made it to the camp in time to set up tents and cook their meal before the heavens opened, and it poured.

在没有老师和向导的帮助下,孩子们只能依靠地图和指南针来完成徒步旅行。为了保证孩子们的安全,Penstone老师和Neal老师在一个适当距离内观察着孩子们的进展。这是一次具有挑战性的攀登,但是七个孩子都准时到达了营地,在大雨来临前扎好了帐篷,并准备好了晚餐。

The following day the seven musketeers mapped the plateau using only maps and compass, and put into practice the trigonometry skills they had learnt in training.  In the afternoon, the Silver Award students were given another task to find a cave situated on one side of the hill; completing a circular route finishing with a roped course through the trees on the side of the hill. The evening was somewhat drier and the students engaged in story telling around the fire with their mobile phones safely tucked away, taped up and out of action.  It was great to hear engaging conversations with students not focused on social media.

第二天,孩子们仅利用地图和指南针就绘制出了他们所在高原的大致地貌,并把所学的三角函数应用到了实践中。下午,银奖组学生的另一项任务是在大山一侧找到一个洞穴,在山坡上的树林中利用绳索完成一个循环路线。天干气燥的夜晚,学生们把手机统一放进袋子里,并用胶带封好,一行人围着火堆与彼此分享自己的故事与经历。我们很开心看到孩子们放下手机,享受这一刻心贴心的交流。

A change in tack on the third day. Once the students were all packed up they were allowed to unwrap their phones, open their preloaded app and try to find their way down the mountain following the GPS dot on the map.  This task helped them to understand the importance of not relying solely on technology, as GPS is not as responsive and accurate as one might think.  Through this task the students were able to appreciate the importance of a broad skill set in terms of navigation, as well as learning about teamwork, effective communication, trial and error, and the role they play when problem solving.

第三天策略发生了改变。收拾完行李后,孩子们可以使用手机里预先下载好的应用程序(APP),根据地图上的GPS点来找到下山的路。这个项目帮助孩子们更好地理解了不单单依赖科技的重要性,比如GPS并没有想象中的灵敏和准确。通过这次活动,学生们认识到了探路能力的重要性,理解了团队合作、有效沟通、尝试和摸索的真谛,以及认清了自己在解决问题时所扮演的角色。

The students did a sterling job and we hope all learnt something about themselves, their strengths and their fortitude, and about their team.

此次活动孩子们完成得非常出色,希望他们从中有所收获,更加了解自己,了解自己身体里蕴含的力量和坚韧,以及了解团队的力量。

Thank you to Mr Paul for supporting the team with logistics and to the parents of these students who encouraged them to go on this adventure.

最后,感谢Paul老师对团队的后勤支持,也感谢我们的学生家长,是他们给了孩子们勇气一往直前!