The end of April signalled the culmination of the Pre Atlantic Diploma’s co-curricular programme. It started on Friday evening in the barracks car park, preparing all the equipment from tents to cooking utensils for the planned expedition. Early Saturday brought a hive of activity in Madiba house, making final preparations and packing all the food needed for the weekend ahead. All members stood as ready as the will ever be at the outer arch at 9:00am, waiting for the bus that will take them to the Gower and their starting point in Rhossilli.
Disembarking the bus indicated the start of their two day expedition. The meeting of their assessors gave the students the first opportunity to show off their knowledge and skills, they have gained over the last two terms. Each group set off in their planned direction, to walk the first day’s route. They would be set to meet the assessors at various points during the day to make sure they are on track.
All groups made it into the day’s camps site a little weary and with slightly sore feet and set about erecting tents. Once there shelters were standing the task was to feed themselves a warm meal, which turned out some culinary delights, an impressive feet cooking on just a Trangia. A deserving sleep was in order for the groups.
Sunday morning brought with it a mild drizzle but it didn’t dampen the spirits of our groups who fed themselves and set off on their second day’s routes. As they walked through the morning the weather cleared into a classic late spring day. An enjoyable walk into the village of Oxwich, forged a focus on the aim that each of the four groups have chosen for their expedition. Finally finishing on the beach in Oxwich where the group jubilantly met each other to swap stories and get a final debriefing from their assessors.
As joint leader, organiser and trainer of the groups we could not be happier in the qualities that were shown by the students and how they represented us, themselves and the college, not to mention the values of the Duke of Edinburgh programme. Each member of each group will have taken something individual from the experience that they will be able to apply in future experiences.