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International Award launched at Dulwich Shanghai

December, 2009
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The International Award, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, has just been launched at Dulwich College Shanghai. 26 students are taking part in the Bronze award and 17 in the Gold award.
This exciting program is available to students in Years 10 and above. The International Award focuses on four areas: Skills, Physical Recreation, Service and Adventurous Journey. Individual challenge is the theme, and students set their own goals and record their own progress. Dulwich Students have had two major training activities this term. The first was camping in the school grounds, learning how to put up a tent and cook meals on a small stove – this was their first step in a journey that requires training, preparation, self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

The second was a practice expedition to NanBei Hu, where Award Students braved cold winds and freezing conditions during a three-day camping and hiking expedition in the hills around NanBei Hu, situated between Shanghai and Hangzhou.
The first day was spent doing drills on camp craft and route planning. Students learned to map read, understand and interpret map coordinates and bearings putting some of the things they had previously studied in geography lessons into practical use. The second day they completed a 16km hike, learning what it is like to carry all of the things needed to survive, and in some cases coming to the conclusion that cosmetics aren’t going to save your life in the wilderness!

The last day was dedicated to challenges of a slightly different nature: the ‘Leap of Faith’ and the climbing wall. With frozen hands, students had to make their way up a shaky ladder, lift themselves into a standing-position and then take a jump some distance towards a trapeze, all the while glaring down at a huge drop, with a crowd of onlookers gathered below.

There were plenty of challenges and valuable lessons were learned by all students in all teams. The Award Students are already well on their way to completing their hours needed for their Skills, Physical and Service sections and all are looking forward to the next Expedition they will go on in Term 2

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