John Muir Award
The Geography team organised a four day residential on 8th – 11th February in the New Forest for Year 10 GCSE geographers to complete this additional qualification.
Five members of staff, 27 Year 10s and 2 Sixth Formers completed the award this year. This trip is widely regarded by the staff who go year on year as the best field trip we run, this year did not disappoint! The students were great ambassadors for the school, engaging in all activities and showing how polite and well-mannered Vandyke students are!
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 and the campfire. Most importantly, they learnt how to conserve the environment while still enjoying their surroundings. To this end, each group helped the centre by clearing overgrown ponds to encourage education use and to ensure the wildlife can thrive. Furthermore, the students honed some of the vital skills needed for their GCSE through map skills and geographical enquiry… we might have also watched the rugby!
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. We completed the final night with lots of presentations, Pizza, Popcorn, an outside fire pit and music.
Congratulations to all the students and staff who completed the award this year; Vandyke Upper School is the only school in Central Bedfordshire currently achieving this award. It is definitely something to be proud of.
Mrs Moore, Team Leader of Geography