Last weekend twenty-one Year 10 students participated in their first cohort expedition in the Garraf mountains. They are members of the Bronze International Award Society led by Mr Bower and Mr Oldfield, Biology and Maths teachers, and both International Award Coordinators.
For this two-day expedition our students were split into groups:
- 4 groups hiked from Olivella to Sitges on Saturday, then followed a circular path to Vilanova, finishing a total of around 25km at Sitges station on Sunday afternoon.
- 1 group covered around 70km on mountain bike, with over 1000m of uphill.
It was an amazing experience for them all, who just joined this Society in September. The programme is meant to be a “do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living”, in its founders’ words, so students have to put into practice many teamwork and team/group leadership skills to keep going and reach their goals. For example, students had to cook their own food on stoves.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award which equips young people for life and work. The Award provides participants with skills and experiences that are consistently recognised by employers and educational institutions worldwide.
The award is both demanding and fun. Students are required to spend an hour a week working on a skill, a sport and a service. In addition they must complete two overnight expeditions to the mountains.
About the International Award in the BSB
The British School of Barcelona is proud to deliver this Award to our students in Year 10 (Bronze) & Year 12 (Silver). Every year, more than 50 BSB students start their Award journey or continue to the next level.
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