Duke of Edinburgh's Award | Posted 29.09.2014

As the autumnal chill sets in, students in Rhetoric brought summer’s warmth back to the Top Ref as they presented accounts of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award expeditions last June. Group presentations are a requirement at this level of the award scheme, and parents, friends and staff came along to hear about their experiences.

From the very first photograph it was clear that this cohort of trekkers had been unusually lucky; replacing the customary images of horizontal rain, howling gales and grimaces of determination were sunny scenes of Snowdonia, stunningly clear views of landscapes and happy campers. Four days and nights spent hiking over 50 miles of challenging terrain is no picnic however, and the sun in any case presented its own challenges, such as sunburn and de-hydration. It was evident that everyone was successful in their navigation and survival skills, camp-craft and team-work, and their trip to St James’ Palace later this year to receive their awards is well deserved.

Each group had taken a particular theme for its presentation and the audience heard about footpath erosion, weather, the architecture of Snowdonia (sheep-folds and chapels) and tips on staying motivated when the going gets tough, as well as enjoying a photographic record of the routes taken.

Mrs Shelley, the Duke of Edinburgh’s award co-ordinator at Stonyhurst, congratulated them all on their entertaining and enjoyable presentations. Mr Nigel Greenwood, their assessor, said that the groups had all completed the expedition with skill, good humour and excellent camaraderie.

Matt Dawson,
Gonzalo Diaz-Rio,
David Richardson,
Tomiwa Tolu-Ogunkoya,
Patrick Porter,
Markiyan Antonyuk
William Donlon

Gabriel Strain,
James Alton,
Jasper Green,
Chris Magowan,
Jonathan Whalley,
Edward Johnson

Ella Chippendale,
Molly McManamon,
Iona Graham,
Jess Moyle,
Timi Onafowokan,
Arthur Man

Emilia O’Connor,
Gen Turner,
Olivia Haworth,
Holly Mitchell,
Ruth Foulds
Kate Bell
Francesca Klek

Patrick Flatley,
James Whatham
Edward Scott,
Hattie Magill