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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Expedition

The Bronze Practice Expedition, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, was held on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March, with 70 eager students taking part. For many, it was their first time on such an adventure.

On Saturday, the boys hiked for four hours and used the skills they learnt during their training sessions at school to make their way to the campsite on Motutapu Island. After a long day of efforts in stunning weather, they were rewarded with a swim and acrobatic jumps from the pier into the refreshing waters of Home Bay, before exploring the World War II bunkers, and a night walk under the full moon.

The next day, after a fantastic effort to the summit of Rangitoto, the boys made their way back to the ferry and civilisation.

They will now have to use the skills they have learned thus far and put them to the test during the Qualifying Journey that will be held in the Coromandel in May.

Thank you to Master in Charge Mr Sylvain Bidet, Mr Nick Wolfkamp and the other staff members who accompanied the students on the trip and for their continued support.