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Great Achievement at Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge
Pathfinder students from Duchy College Stoke Climsland successfully completed the Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge 2012.
The Jubilee Challenge tests those who meet challenges every day of their lives. The trekking expedition takes place on Dartmoor and is designed for young people with special needs, both physical and educational. The Pathfinder course at Duchy College is designed for students with moderate learning difficulties. The group took on routes of up to 15 miles across the North Moors, facing similar challenges to the Ten Tors teams.
The Duchy College students and supporting staff walked over routes of varying levels of difficulty. Each student showed great determination and courage to complete their routes in the cold and difficult conditions. The group were kitted out in their ‘Jubilee Challenge 2012' t-shirts sponsored by Dulux Decorator Centres.
The Pathfinder course at Duchy College enables students to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications in their chosen area of study at entry-level and level 1. There are five land-based areas to choose from: horticulture, animal care, agriculture, conservation and horse care. Students also work on personal and social development, preparation for work and independent living skills. Maths, English and ICT are also important parts of the course.
As well as taking part in the Jubilee Challenge, students have the opportunity to make educational visits to local places of interest to accumulate volunteering hours in the local community and to plan and take part in fundraising activities.
Val Walkden, Duchy College Skills for Life Curriculum Area Manager, said: "I am extremely proud of all the students for completing this event. Special thanks go to the staff who supported the students and who gave up their time to train with the students in all weathers, camp with them overnight and use their skill to motivate their teams to achieve the challenges set. I want to say a big thank you to the Dulux Decorator Centre for their continued support, and for providing the group with their t-shirts. The students wore them with pride."
Head of Duchy College, Andrew Counsell, said: "I hope the students thoroughly enjoyed this event and are now basking in their success. They should be very proud of what they have achieved. Events like these are a great way for students to show their team working skills and show how the"
For more information on Pathfinder and Skills for Life courses available at Duchy College Stoke Climsland please contact Duchy College on 01579 372233 or visit www.duchy.ac.uk.