Students Take On Brecon Beacons

Students reached the top of Pen Y Fan on the last day of their practise, a very foggy day!

On Wednesday 13th March, 30 Barton Peveril students headed to the Brecon Beacons to practise their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award. 

The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award is a voluntary and non-competitive programme of cultural and adventurous activities for all young people. The DofE’s strategy is about empowering young people, supporting them to learn new skills to overcome obstacles. 

The following Thursday presented the students with inclement weather conditions, including heavy rain and low visibility, making the day’s trek particularly demanding. Originally planned to camp at a site without indoor facilities, the group found themselves seeking shelter in a storm shelter during lunch.

Despite the initial setbacks, the students maintained their resilience, finding humour and joy in the shared experience. This adaptation to adversity highlights their flexibility and teamwork, essential skills in outdoor exploration.

A student reflects on their experience after their practise:  

 Being in the mountains puts everything in perspective. The mountains are so big, and all those things we worry about at home and college seem so small out here.

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