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Whilst the rest of the school was preparing for its Royal Wedding Celebrations, thirty-seven girls from 61 were preparing for a tough weekend of walking in Exmoor National Park as part of their Gold Practice Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.
Upon reaching the campsite in Minehead, tents were set up and many girls began cooking their first meal on a Trangia stove, with varying levels of success! Most girls turned in for an early night in anticipation of the following day but not before some Rounders and A1 revision.
On Friday, all the groups began their expedition early, walking with a supervisor who reminded them of the map reading skills and emergency procedures they had been taught during the training weekend. One group even managed to fit in watching the Royal Wedding in a local Post Office! Everyone found the walking a challenge and were tired on returning to the campsite. After some welcome food, the girls and staff celebrated the Royal Wedding with a party. Staff and pupils decorated the campsite with bunting and balloons and then enjoyed party food and games.
On Saturday, a number of groups walked on their own, navigating their way successfully to Pool Bridge campsite, the longest walk of the weekend. Some girls were lucky enough to see some local wildlife including Exmoor Ponies and wild deer.
A shorter day was welcomed by the groups on Sunday where they were met by the coach in Porlock.