The John Muir Award

Published on 28 November 2016

The John Muir Award

As a school we are proud to announce that 30 students and 5 staff completed the John Muir Discover Award to become the first Central Bedfordshire School with this status.

The Geography team organised a 4 day residential on 4th - 7th November for Year 10 GCSE geographers to complete this additional qualification.

The John Muir award is an environmental award scheme which encourages persons of all ages to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. Four challenges are at the heart of each John Muir Award. Each participant must discover a wild place, explore its wildness, conserve by taking personal responsibility and share their experiences with others; it has 3 levels, Discover, Explore and Conserve. To complete each level individuals (or groups) must complete a proposal form explaining how they plan to meet the criteria. The group leader or individual will then provide evidence of this once they believe the award criteria has been met.

Students and staff had a fantastic time exploring the wild spaces of the New Forest through morning and night time walks, high ropes, low ropes and treasure hunts. As well as learning how to survive through shelter building, bush craft, campfire and archery. most importantly, they learnt how to conserve the environment while still enjoying their surroundings. To this end each group helped the New Forest by creating bird boxes which the Avon Tyrrell centre will use this winter to protect its bird populations.

Each night students completed their conservation booklets before their evening activities which helped them to consolidate how each activity met the criteria of the award.

The students were great ambassadors for the school, with all activities’ leaders commenting on how polite and enthusiastic our students were, and the progress they made as groups over the course of the trip was exceptional – remember guys each group will “form – storm – norm – perform”!

The Geography Team would like to publicly thank Mr Tierney, Mr Cain, Mrs Lord for giving up their weekend to support the team; we would also like to thank our Sixth Formers, who although they were there to complete the award themselves, showed great character and leadership qualities which made the trip run smoothly.

Well done folks! I’m excited to look into completing the next levels with those of you who wish to proceed.

Mrs Moore

Team Leader of Geography