Reigate Grammar School DofE

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Silver South Downs qualifying expedition October 2016

80 silver dofe students completed their Silver Qualifying expeditions on the South Downs in October half term.  They trekked over 50 km over the hills from Lewes to Arundel, most travelling independently to and from their hike by train.  Rain later on the first day dampened some spirits as groups arrived to a wet camp site in a dark.  Groups navigated efficiently across the countryside and achieved good quality camp craft despite the rain.  Well done teams!



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Bronze expeditions October 2016

Bronze qualifying expeditions October 2016: students completed canoe and hiking qualifying expeditions in ideal mostly dry cool weather.  Most groups did very well, some outstanding and the vast majority passed.  Others need more practice with campcraft skills, in particular the efficiency and pace with which they pitch tents after arriving at sites, regardless of the time.  This is an essential skill to pass.

The fifth form had a good day at Tilgate doing team building activities and were praised for their excellent attitude.

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Gold DofE training hiking expedition South Wales

L6 Gold training expedition to South Wales: July 4-7.  South Wales western Brecons.  5 groups practiced navigation techniques and backpacked across the Brecon ridge to return to Dan Yr Ogof.  Weather was cool and a thunderstorm kept groups lower down and off the ridge on July 5.  After issues with kit (some bringing insufficient cold weather gear after a hot spell in the SE), groups coped well with the varying conditions.  Groups need to thoroughly prepare for their qualifying venture in August ensuring all their kit is properly organised and they are ready for the challenge.  Check training pages on this blog.

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This week… Tues 12 Nov

Bronze 4th year First aid starts Tuesday 4-5pm Meet Dance Studio 4pm: attendance at all sessions registered and compulsory (dates below)

First Aid Program for Reigate Grammar School DATES 2013

L6 GOLD award leaders D1 4-5:30pm

Sign Language: 4pm usual venue

ALL dofe students MUST be submitting all their activities for approval and finishing eDofE sections by submitting them for approval as soon as possible. 

KEEP Friday April 25 7pm FREE for RGS annual Award Presentation evening

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Activities Day expeditions approaching!

4th year bronze expedition training Tuesday 4-5.30pm in Concert Hall.

5th Year Sign language Tuesday 4-5.30pm Room 12

5th Year Bridge course: Tuesday 4-5pm usual venue

L6 students Gold dofe meeting Thursday 1:15pm D1: KIT CHECK: bring in your waterproofs, boots and maps.  Menus and kit lists must be completed and handed in. Safety and emergencies: next week.  These final meetings are compulsory. Last chance to submit Gold enrolment forms.


  • The RGS DofE Award Ceremony is now happening on April 19 2013 and not its usual slot in January.
  • U6 Gold students who came on the August qualifying expedition should submit their completed EXPEDITION REPORTS.
  • L6 students who completed a Silver hike in July should submit their EXPEDITION REPORT.

Please note some DofE dates this term:

  • 12-13 October: Bronze (4th year) qualifying expedition
  • 12 October: Silver (5th year) activities day programme
  • 29 October – 1 November: Gold (L6) training expedition
  • 16 November: Gold (L6) night hike – for Award Leaders
  • 12 December: Bronze (4th year) conservation day