Reigate Grammar School DofE


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New date for RGS Award Presentation Evening 2013

The RGS DofE Award Presentation evening will be on Friday April 19 2013, starting 7.00pm (time to be confirmed).  It has been moved from the usual slot in January to allow First Aid and Sign Language students, amongst others, to finish their awards and attend the evening.  Please note this is the first Friday of the summer term: keep it free if you are expecting to get an Award!

The deadline for completing awards will be the week before the end of the Spring term: Friday 15 March. All record books must be completed and signed and submitted to the dofe office by that date to be included in the award presentation.


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GOLD qualifying expedition to Mid Wales August 2012

40 students successfully completed their Gold assessment hike across the mountains of Mid Wales.  They trekked over 50 miles and coped with blustery showery weather as well as the ubiquitous midges!  For most this was their last dofe expedition and they have been a particularly wonderful group who have been a pleasure to train and assist through their scheme.  Well done!  Now finish your Gold!!


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Silver Qualifying hike JULY 2012

63 students returned from their post-GCSE break to complete their assessment hike across the South Downs.  Most students travelled by train to Lewes. On Day 1 they trekked 20km to Ditchling Beacon and Park Wood in showers and broken sunshine.  They coped well with the sogey conditions at camp.  Another 20km trek took them to Washington via Truleigh Hill and Chanctonburry Ring on Day 2.  They spent a beautifully sunny evening at Locks Farm.  A final 12km push to Amberley and it was good to see the majority of students making the sustainable and independent choice by taking the train home.  Staff were impressed by the enthusiasm of groups and their attempts to leave no trace of their journey.  Well done!


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Silver Training July 1-3 2012

9 Silver DofE groups trekked 50km in 3 days from Dorking, across to Chantry Camp site near Guildford, then across the Surrey Hills to Etherley Farm and finally over Leith Hill to finish at North Holmwood. A dry Sunday and pleasant evening at Chantry quickly deteriorated into two wet days and nights that left everyone soaked. Groups found keeping campsites tidy difficult in the bad weather. Groups will need to keep a more efficient camp to ensure qualification next time. Nevertheless, navigation significantly improved across several groups and spirits remained high amongst most groups despite the weather. Well done everyone!
FYI: there have only been 5 sunny days since May.
The forecast for the next two weeks is for 90mm of rainfall!
Silver and Gold expedition qualifiers later this “summer” be prepared!


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Bronze training expedition May 6-7 2012

14 groups completed their Bronze training hikes. Sunday was cold, grey and showery, overnight temperatures fell to near freezing and most had a chilly night. Monday dawned bright and groups set off on their own to tackle the last stretch. Navigation was generally sound and most errors corrected quickly, apart from some notable exceptions on Day2! Camp craft, leaving no trace and keeping facilities clean was accomplished to a good standard by most groups after some reminders. Few items were forgotten and rucksacks were mostly sensibly packed. Overall, a good hike with a spirited performance from everyone in unusually cold May weather.


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Conservation Day March 2012

Twenty three 3rd Year Bronze students did their first conservation day on the hottest day of the year so far.  We visited Mercers Park and cleared invasive willow and scrub from the banks of a brook.  Students also got wet and muddy clearing a choked stream full of logs and junk.  They did an excellent job on their first time out doing conservation.  RGS Staff and RACV volunteers were pleased with their commitment to some hard work and willingness to learn some new skills.  Well done!