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Adventure School update

Thanks to our new tent stove (bought with funds from DofE Central), we have a warm and less smokey environment  – with an extended covered area – that will help us keep working outdoors during the colder months.

Already enjoying the benefits

A lunchtime visit from students from our junior site resulted in smiles all round: archery, some moving of bark chippings, relaxing in the hammocks and bellies full of hot dogs all helped create a very enjoyable lunchtime for all. Speaking of dogs, Gryff played his part too.

 

Bronze DofE (final expedition)

With the rescheduled second group of Duke of Edinburgh final less that a week away we would like to wish all the students good luck in completing this monumental task and that we hope the weather stays great for you, and as a reminder that this will take place on 18th & 19th September.

For the parents and carers of the young people please find below copies of all the letters that have been sent home with the young people. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr Tuckwood or Mr Meek.

DofE Bronze Final Itinerary

All timings are subject to change throughout the day dependant on how well group are doing and other external factors.

Tuesday 18th September 2018

09:00 Arrive at school

09:15 Leave School in Minibus

10:15 Arrive at Carpark at Mining Low (Derbyshire)

10:30 Begin Expedition

AT & SB to walk with Group, TM to meet at checkpoint throughout the day

17:00 Arrive at campsite                  (Rivendale Campsite)

  • Set up tents
  • Cook food
  • Debrief on Day
  • Relax & Sleep (Pupils may contact parents if they wish too)

Wednesday 19th September 2018

07:30 Wakeup call

  • Cook Breakfast
  • Pack rucksacks
  • Drop and pack away tents
  • Brief for the day

09:00 Leave Campsite

AT & SB to walk with Group, (If the group have performed well on the Tuesday then AT & SB will drop back and supervision will become close rather than Direct.) TM to meet at checkpoint throughout the day (If the group performs well whilst in close supervision they will complete the last section of the Tissington trail with remote supervision.

16:00 Arrive at finish point (Tissington Trail Carpark)

16:15 Set off for school – Pupils to contact parents once on way home to let them know ETA

17:15 Arrive back at school (Time subject to change)

EXPEDITION KIT LIST

Clothing

  • 1 pair of walking boots (broken in)
  • 2 pairs of walking socks
  • 1 to wear 1 as a spare
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 to wear 1 as spare
  • Thermal t-shirt (optional)
  • 1 fleece tops or jumper
  • 2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans)
  • 1 to wear 1 as spare
  • Underwear
  • 1 change of
  • Nightwear
  • Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc (optional for camp site use)
  • Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate)
  • 1 pair gloves (if appropriate)
  • 1 pair shorts (if appropriate)
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof)

Personal kit

  • Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)
  • Sleeping bag (School can provide)
  • Torch (handheld or head torch and spare batteries)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Expedition food
    • Lunch time meals for both days and and any snacks wanted for the day time and evening
  • Water bottle
    • At least 2 litres of water (several small bottles okay)
  • Knife, fork, spoon
  • Plate/bowl
  • Mug
  • Wash kit/personal hygiene items (some items could be shared as a group)
  • Sunblock (if appropriate)
  • Towel

 

 

 

Flu Vaccinations 2018

Flu vaccinations are on Tuesday 9th October  

Children included in the programme are Reception through to year 13.

Consent Forms

Consent forms will be bought in to school early September 2018 and should be returned to school by parents 21st September 2018  for the team to collect week commencing 24th September 2018.

Further information about the flu vaccination programme:

www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/immunisation-team and

www.nhs.uk/child-flu

Children will not be able to receive this vaccination at the GP unless they have an identified health problem. We will be holding clinics throughout the season for those children who have consented and were absent on the day.

Each child vaccinated will  receive a record card on the day of the vaccination to take home.

Adventure School – ready for a new academic year

DIY Adventure School improvements

In preparation for the autumn and winter (hard to imagine during the amazing run of weather we’ve had this summer), we decided to make a few adjustments to the Adventure School layout; nothing major but hopefully the tweaks will make a difference.

1. ‘Dry area’ extension

We’ve moved the spare frame we had in the old AS area up to our new base, and used it to extend the covered over area by the fire pit. We used a tarpaulin and some canvas scraps to try and give us increased cover and protection: we needed to improvise with a bucket (see if you can spot why and how in the photograph).

2. Removed the fire pit!

Yes, that’s right the fire pit has gone – well, not gone… just moved.

3. Added a wood burning camping stove and chimney

Yay, we’re so excited by this. We used the old tiles from the fire pit to create a base for a new stove and chimney, which will mean:

  • No more smoke in the eyes (or on the clothes) – well, not as much as before anyway!
  • The stove will give off a lot of heat ensuring we’ll be snug and warm all through the winter (that’s the plan at least)
  • Hot water will be a lot more readily available
  • We’ll be able to cook outdoors more easily

We have more DIY planned going forwards, as well as developing the wider space that we have to work with – but that will be the job of the DofE group as this is their volunteering project.

End of update!

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