Every hill and cloud has a silver lining for adventorous students

Oakhill students on their Duke of Edinburgh silver award (s)
Oakhill students on their Duke of Edinburgh silver award (s)
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An expedition to start them on course to gain their Duke of Edinburgh silver awards was the challenge awaiting a group of students from Whalley’s Oakhill School.

The weekend of adventure saw the pupils heading to the moors above Sabden and Wiswell to fine tune their expedition skills. They worked together to practise navigation skills, revisiting the techniques they learned during their bronze expeditions in 2015.

The weather proved to be a real challenge the youngsters with gale force winds and regular hail showers which helpe them to hone their skills to use in low visibility.

After showing great team spirit the students are now preparing for their first independent trip to the Yorkshire Dales next month.

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the UK by Prince Philip and they German educationalist Kurt Hahn as they were both concerned that young people’s development was lacking in certain areas.

Over the last 60 years the Award has transformed the lives of millions of young people in 140 countries and territories, equipping them for life. To celebrate the milestone the scheme organisers want to encourage millions more to get involved, either by doing the award or becoming an adult volunteer.