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Events at Mullion School

Duke of Edinburgh Award 2014

The wind was blowing and the sun was shining  as 40 Year 11 students checked their maps in preparation for the navigational hike ahead of them. Everyone was in high spirits as the weather forecast was sunny spells, unlike the howling rain experienced during the practice expedition in July.

The starting point was Marazion car park and the view across to St Michael’s Mount was stunning.

Day One of the 2 day expedition was underway and the teams set off along the historic St Michael’s Way footpath walking past Ludgvan Church, up to Trencom Hill with spectacular views of the North and South Coast and down to Balnoon for the night’s camp.

The first teams arrived at Balnoon Campsite around 3pm with the final teams not long after by 4.30pm. All the teams worked well as a team and used their navigational skills consistently through-out the day not getting themselves too lost. This was a huge improvement on the practice hike where one group managed to become so lost they found themselves ‘off the map’.

As students busied themselves pitching their tents and airing out their shoes, Judy (the owner of the campsite) made sure all members of staff were given a well-earned cup of tea.

After the tents were pitched there was time for the students to re-cooperate ready for the next day. However most students, much to the amazement of the teaching staff, found the energy to play games. Although some students opted for the more ‘relaxing’ activities of playing cards or plucking eyebrows!

Like the rest of the day it was a beautiful evening as the students cooked their noodles on the Trangia cookers and by 10pm most students had crashed out in their tents.

The following morning it was an early start and the students cooked their breakfasts, mainly consisting of porridge (although one group did cook bacon sandwiches) and re-packed their bags.

Today’s route continued along St Michael’s Way starting at Knills Steeple, an intended mausoleum for John Knill’s wife, with more excellent views across St Ives to Godrevy lighthouse.

From there to Carbis Bay following the coastal footpath to Lelant, past the bird sanctuary at Hayle and finally ending on the canal path that lead to Relubbus.

The students all reached the end and most were still smiling, although perhaps with a few more blisters and a little tired.

All the students that completed the expedition were a credit to the school and impressed both the Duke of Edinburgh staff and the assessors, Ian and Wendy. They showed commitment to team work, used their map skills effectively and had a positive attitude through-out the entire weekend.

If you are in Year 10 and you would like to develop new skills, take part in an expedition and achieve your Duke of Edinburgh Award please see a member of the Duke of Edinburgh staff for more information or check out the Duke of Edinburgh Notice Board in the L Block corridor.

Mr Loder, Miss Bunyan, Miss Moreton, Mr Davey, Mrs Norton and Mrs Bennett