Duke of Edinburgh



Twelve Sixth Form pupils from Ellesmere College recently spent two weeks in the Allier and Dordogne region of France to canoe over a hundred miles as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. 


The pupils, who had been training on the River Severn and Wye throughout the previous year, faced rapids particularly on the River Allier. Sixth Former Charlotte White commented, 'the rapids in France were more exciting than anything else we had experienced during our training. Although frightening at times, the whole experience was exhilarating'


The pupils also spent four days canoeing the Dordogne as their assessed expedition, dodging tourists in fleets of plastic canoes as well as the odd boulder and rapid. Ros McCarthy, the teacher in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Ellesmere College commented, "It was a journey which demanded stamina as well as skill and they all deserve congratulations for their success'.


During this term, the pupils who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award are involved with community work in the local community. Activities include supporting the volunteers at the Ellesmere Age Concern Day Centre and acting as Junior Leaders for a local Cub pack. At Ellesmere College, they are also working with younger pupils at the school who need a supporting older hand.'   


1st September 2004  Back to News