Bronze D of E Qualifying Journey

2017 11 16 duke of edinburgh web 04This year's Year 9 cohort have been the largest intake for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the history of Pacific Hills. Fifty-two students recently took part in their Bronze Qualifying Journey. Two groups, (Groups 1 Mr Chew and Group 2 Miss Francis) commenced at Berowra Waters Ferry and finished at Hornsby. Meanwhile two groups (Groups 3 Mr Mann and Group 4 Mr Lees) started from Hornby and headed to Berowra Waters Ferry. Both groups camped overnight at Crosslands Reserve. The students performed brilliantly on the hilly terrain.

On Day 1 Groups 1 and 2 were faced with a steep incline from Berowra's Ferry onto the ridge at Berowra Lookout before a treacherous descent of Sam's Hill. From there they followed the river to Crosslands, set up tents and cooked dinner.

Groups 3 and 4 had a much longer first day, skirting around the Hornsby Rifle Range, climbing down the steep incline to Galston Gorge and across the Berowra Creek stepping stones underneath the road bridge. From Galston Gorge it was a seven-kilometre trek up and down hills to reach Crosslands. These groups made it into camp about 5:00pm and again set up tents and cooked their evening meal.

Following "shiny shiny" washing up Mr Chew gave a memorable devotion, and after planning the following day's activities, we were soon sound asleep.

On Day Two Groups 1 and 2 had the longer trek to Hornsby. They were very competent in packing up and had left before 8:30am. It was good to see their skills improve and their excellent teamwork. They walked steadily in the humid conditions and arrived at their destination about 1:30pm. They had done so well to walk the 14 kilometres so efficiently. They were rightfully delighted with their efforts.

Groups 3 and 4 had a slightly more leisurely morning but also were on the way by 8:15am. After crossing the Bridge at Calna Creek, they were faced with the prospect of Sam's Hill, a vertical rise of 160 metres in a track about 1 kilometre in length. Both Mr Mann's and Mr Lees' groups scaled this hill without taking a break, a feat which gave great personal satisfaction. From this point, it was a sedate walk to the ferry, with spectacular river views through sandstone and scrub. The group reached their destination about 11:30am and greatly enjoyed their trip across to the Arcadia side on the ferry.

This was an excellent trip and showed the students' cooperation, teamwork and leadership skills. Students improved their navigation and map-reading prowess. It was a delight to walk with the students and to engage in conversation with them. Miss Francis, who was on her first Duke of Edinburgh journey, was awesome and her positive affirmation of the students was greatly appreciated. Mr Chew was again so supportive and his devotion was perfect for the occasion. This unfortunately will be the last journey for Mr Mann as he leaves PHCS, but we once again valued his amazing input and his challenge to the more athletically inclined students.

The students are now engaged in completing the logs and finalising any remaining sections in physical, skills and service components. So far, six students have completed their awards and are awaiting final approval from Head Office.

Many students (currently 46 students) from this year's Bronze Group have indicated that wish to continue onto silver level and hopefully to gold. This is extremely gratifying and we trust that they will continue to enjoy the balance that Duke of Edinburgh brings to their lives and that they will continue to serve the community with their volunteering work.


Participants
Group 1 - Mr Chew - Commencing at Berowra Waters Ferry - Susan Lee, Moné Howard, Acacia McCrindle, Morgan Reedy, Jun Hee Han, Joshua Kan, Sumin Baik, Logan Marshall, Ethan Wynne, Yeyoung Jeong, Grace Kim, Sharni Selzer, Suzaan Stander
Group 2 - Miss Francis - Commencing at Berowra Waters Ferry - Melissa Leek, Jessica Middlebrook, Jemma Swaak, Kai-Yu Zee, Troy Theuns, Joshua Lattouf, Daniel Teo, Azriel Woo, Hugh Bingham, Daniel Y Kim, Amelia Paterson, Saki Yoshizumi, Amy Elsegood
Group 3 - Mr Mann - Commencing at the Simon Trail at the end of Clarinda Street, Hornsby - William Mitchell, Julian Knocker, Dylan Huntley, Lachlan Parkin, Tamara Oei, Kelly Dixon, Daena Smart, Arabella Burfield, Scott Connorton, Matthew Gates, James Smit, William Magus
Group 4 - Mr Lees - Commencing at the Simon Trail at the end of Clarinda Street, Hornsby - Kaitlyn Chang, Bianca Janse Van Rensburg, Simone Mateo, Heather Finlay, Joshua Kouts, Alex Budinsky, Ryan Fehon, Chris Lin, Lachlan Vos, Oscar Strachan, Gautham Aravindhan, Michael Squires, Daniel Kim, Andrew Cooper

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