Year 10 students have been stepping out of their comfort zone as part of a four week rotation of activities designed to prepare them for the rigours of the International Award. Whilst staff are always around on the Adventurous Journey to guide if the students go very wrong, navigating the Khao Yai route is the responsibility of the Year 10’s. After a short training session, a group of students tried out their new skills with a compass on the front field. Some were more successful than others!
The International Award is challenging physically as well as mentally – are the students prepared to look after themselves and their teammates? As well as First Aid practical skills, another group reflected on what they think the main physical challenges will be. Will it be that huge blister that gets them? Or will a lack of water leave them feeling dehydrated and low?
The third group were planning for the most important thing of all – eating and sleeping!!! They learnt how to erect tents and equip themselves for a good night’s rest. They also learnt how use a Trangia stove to cook nutritious meals – definitely a challenge for some students. During this camp activity, students enjoyed a tasty self-cooked meal of pasta, sauce and the essential cup of tea.
Meanwhile, the fourth group were in tutor bases looking at having difficult conversations and the importance of building good relationships – all skills that will come in very handy during the challenging days ahead. These Year 10 students will have their first experience of an International Award Adventurous Journey during their Residential Visit.