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