Sunday, April 01, 2007

more ten tors training


I spent the bulk of this weekend helping out on a two-day training exercise on Dartmoor with 15-17 year-old pupils – setting out from school at 4.30am yesterday! The conditions were pretty good this time (heavy cloud and mist; rain; strong north-easterly winds; and sunshine!). My principle role was minibus driver, but I did manage to do my fair share of walking too. Pupils walked some 28 miles across rough and undulating terrain over the two days carrying their rucksacks - each weighing 30 lbs! You should try it! Once again, the pupils were brilliant (and very good value – they made me laugh!) and the number of volunteers who were out of the moor manning checkpoints was pretty staggering.
We camped in the grounds of a pub last night and, obviously, the helpers were all forced to sample beer!
Photo: teacher Emma with two of the pupils resting at a checkpoint on day one

2 comments:

alice said...

So glad it was good - sounds like they're achieving a lot! Must be one of the good, positive things about the job. Hope you've been able to have a bit of a lie in on your first day of holiday - maybe sleeping in until 5.15??!

Can't wait to see you on sunday!!

xxx

bigdaddystevieB said...

What school holiday? We don't break up until Wednesday evening! Looking forward to seeing you all.
x