The Royal Navy group that went to Rickmansworth Sailing Club to canoe got stuck in and performed really well. Teamwork, decision-making and some physical effort were all required for the boys to learn to move their boats around, conduct a small journey up the canal and portage the Hillingdon lock.
Krystjan (L6C1) experiences on RN Canoeing course were clear to see, and he did will in assisting his teammates. Bags of enthusiasm was shown by all the boys but Dan (L6M1) shone through.
The School would like to thank Mr Hamlett and Mr Pinder who instructed with Lt Col Woodall.
Thirty Year 10 boys then rolled out of bed after a quick turnaround from Field Day and were back in School for 08.00am on Saturday. After being issued with tents, stoves first aid kits, hi-vis vests and bright rucksack covers the boys met with their instructors and embarked on a day of navigational training to prepare them to fly solo the next day.
Sunday set some challenges and as local water levels were rising staff quickly checked out the routes in front of the boys to make sure all was safe. Much time was spent helping the boys develop a sense of awareness, awareness of where all their team are, that they need to cross a busy road safely, of the environment , of hazards, of other people and the features around them to help them get back on track when they have gone wrong. A challenging and successful Bronze expedition.
The School would like to thank Lt Col Woodall, Mr Geering, Mr Pearson, Mr Roncarati, Mr Sandercock and Miss Slade for all their help.