Outdoor education and Duke of Edinburgh Award
Yr11 Bronze DofE Completion Information - please click here for further details
Indoor Climbing Trips
There will be an Indoor Climbing Trip for Year 11 on the 26th November, Year 12 on the 10th December and Year 13 on the 15th December.
Year 12 Gold DofE training weekend, Brecon Beacons
The Year 12 Gold team spent the weekend in the Brecon Beacons as the second part of their training process. The group worked as a team to prepare an evening meal on the Friday night, they then completed some route planning in small groups and first aid training.On the Saturday everyone enjoyed a 10 mile walk which took them up Sugar Loaf in very challenging conditions. After a few teams games in the evening students got ready for a 6am start on the Sunday.
In foggy, windy and cold conditions everyone completed a circular walk in the Pen y Fan area, with a few first aid scenarios thrown in on the Sunday.
The group were a pleasure to take away and yet again performed to a very high level.
Thank you to Mr Camm and Mr Tomey for supporting students.
Year 13 Gold DofE Practice Expedition to Snowdonia
During the half term break the Year 13 Gold DofE group travelled to Snowdonia to complete their Practice Expedition. After what seemed like never ended journey we arrived in the National Park and set camp Friday night. The following day students bravely set off for their first day of walking and wild camping in very wet and cold conditions. All three groups successfully completed the 2 days and 2 nights of camping in the Park by themselves and were boosted by a day of sunshine to climb Snowdon on the 3rd day.
After a warm night in a local bunkhouse on the last evening everyone set off to climb Tryfan in high spirits on Tuesday. The group did fantastically well and showed that they good navigational, camp craft, fitness and scrambling skills. They were a pleasure to take away.
A huge thank you to Miss Ridley, Mr Tomey, Pam Ellison, Mr Briggs and Mr Camm who made this Expedition possible. They contributed brilliantly to all aspects of the Expeditions and gave up their half term break to do so.
Year 12 Gold DofE training, Brecon Beacons. October 2015
The Year 12 Gold DofE team were put through their paces at the weekend. The group navigated their way to a wild camp spot in the Brecon Beacons on Friday night. After putting up tents and cooking dinner they then practiced a night rescue, working as a team they successfully located Miss Tallett who was sat in a survival bag in a remote part of the park! Following this students were taught how to night navigate, using these techniques they found their way back into camp.
The following day everyone completed a micro-navigation exercise and 10 mile walk with full packs. The group proved that they are very strong and fit and capable of navigating in wild country, a great start to their Gold DofE Expedition training. A huge thank you to Miss Ridley, Miss Tallett and Mr Camm who gave up their weekend to support the students.
Year 7 will continue with their residential, Year 8 will have a day of outdoor activity and Year 9 will have a residential of one night.
Reports on 2014-15 Outdoor Education
Year 13 Gold Expedition to the Pyrenees 10th-24th July 2015
The Year 13 Gold DofE group headed to the Pyrenees with Hayesfield and BCS for their Qualifying Expedition. They walked in small groups for 4 days in the mountains, wild camping and being completely self-sufficient and then enjoyed a week of activities such as rock climbing, rafting and mountaineering.
Ten Tors Challenge May 2015
Bronze DofE Practice Weekend, Mendips. April 18th-19th and May 2nd-3rd
85 students completed their Bronze DofE Practice Expedition in the Mendips recently. I was impressed with the students positive attitude and determination to succeed. They were a credit to the school and great fun to be with. All groups will now go onto to complete their Qualifying Expedition in the Marlborough Downs in June. Some groups have more to work on then others to be ready for the next challenge!
A huge thank you to all the staff and parents that give up their weekend to provide these valuable experiences for the students. Miss Tallett, Mr Hanock, Mrs Marsh, Miss Hetenyi, Mr Camn, Miss Brown, Mr Corry, Mr Nanivell, Mrs Doyle, Mrs Thompson, Miss Ridley, Mr Nicholas, Mrs Smith and Mrs Gaynor. Ms Fox
The year11 Ten Tors group completed an undulating 16km route in an incredible 2 hours and 30 mins. Displaying some fantastic navigation and fitness skills.
I was very impressed by the attitude and enthusiasm of all the students, they are a credit to the school.
A massive thank you to all the staff and parents that gave their day up to support and encourage the students. Miss Tallett, Miss Ridley, Mrs Gaynor, Miss Hetenyi, Mr Mainwaring, Miss Doyle, Miss Jacob, Mr Hancock, Jennie, Mr and Mrs Bainbridge, Sally, Vicki, Rachel and Mr Nicholas. Ms Fox
Bronze DofE Day Walk. Batheaston, 8th Feb 2015
Fifty students set off on their first DofE day walk last weekend without a member of staff walking with them. All groups did very well and clearly showed that they are ready for their Practice Expedition in the spring. They completed a variety of tasks at check points such as putting up a tent to showing how to take a compass bearing.
We are now looking forward to the other half the group doing the same walk in March.
A massive thank you to all the staff and parents that gave up their Sunday to help, Mr Paisley, Mr Trowell, Mrs Robbins, Mrs Smith, Mr Tomey, Mr Smith, Miss Tallett, Mrs Buist, Mrs Organ, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Thompson, Mr Hancock, Helen, Emma and Steve. Ms Fox
Year 11 students visited Redpoint Indoor climbing centre this week, many of them had climbed here last term and therefore made good progress with their skills and level of climbs that they achieved. There will be a final trip to the centre next term, prior to this there is a canoe taster day on the River Avon on the 1st March. Anyone interested in this trip should see Ms Fox for a letter.
Thank you to Mr Oliver and Miss Ridley who helped to coach and advise students during the climbing evening. Ms Fox
How to complete your DofE Award, Jan 2015
- Monday 3.15pm-4.15pm, Ten Tors Training, meet outside of the gym.
- Wednesday windows Bronze DofE training
- Wednesday Week B DofE drop in session. Mr Oliver's room, 3.15pm
- Thursday 3.15pm-4.15pm Year 12 and 13 Gold DofE training, meet outside of the gym.
September - December 2014
Staff Team Building Weekend, December 2014
Ralph Allen School staff enjoyed a sociable weekend in Brecon just before the Christmas break. Over twenty staff spent the night in a luxury bunkhouse and then climbed Pen y Fan the following day. A great way to spend time with friends!
Year 11 Ten Tors Training walk, East Mendips, November 2014
The Ten Tors team completed a 12 mile walk on a cold and sunny morning in November. Everything went smoothly apart from a navigational error when entering a forest. After a lengthy discussion and some relocation techniques being used the group found their way out and completed the last few miles of the walk. Thank you to Mrs Jacobs for giving up her Sunday to assist with the walk. Ms Fox
Year 11 Outdoor Activities Club, November 2014
A group of Year 11 students ventured over to the indoor climbing wall at Redpoint in Bristol. They received instruction on climbing skills and safety techniques. The climbing instructors commended the students on their outstanding behaviour and standard of climbing that they achieved in such a short space of time. Thank you to Mr Oliver who assisted with the trip and provided some fantastic competition for the students. Ms Fox
Year 12 Gold DofE Training Expedition, Brecon Beacons November 2014
A group of enthusiastic Year 12 students set off for the Brecon Beacons on Friday 7th November. They were looking forward to a weekend of team building activities, navigation training and first aid training. Everyone was pleased to staying in a heated bunkhouse for two nights as the weather conditions were very challenging! The group did very well to summit Pen y Fan in 45 mph winds and driving rain. I was very impressed by their positive attitude, outdoor skills and sense of fun. As usual they were a pleasure to take away. Thank you to Miss Tallett, Mr Tomey and Miss Ridley who gave up their weekend to keep the students safe. Ms Fox
Year 13 Gold DofE Practice Expedition to Snowdonia Oct 2014
The Year 13 Gold DofE students successfully completed their Practice Expedition over half term in very challenging conditions! With heavy rain and 80mph gusts of wind it took real determination and resiliance to survive the Expedition! Students walked for two days and wild camped by themselves, on the third day they climbed Snowdon and scrambled up Tryfan on the last day with staff. I was very impressed with their team spirit and positive attitude despite the harsh conditions. It was also very evident that everyone had benefited from fitness training since September, both Snowdon and Tryfan were climbed with ease.
As usual the students were a credit to themselves and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing their Expedition experience with them, the team are now looking forward to their Qualifying Expedition in the Pyrenees next July.
A huge thank you to Alfredo Tomey and Heather Ridley who readily shared their mountain and outdoor experience to keep students safe and encourage them throughout the Expedition.
Indoor Climbing Club, 20 November 2014, 3.30-7.30pm
As part of the Year 11 Outdoor Activities Club students are being offered the opportunity to try Indoor Climbing at Redpoint Center, Bedminster, Bristol. Climbing can offer a stimulating alternative to conventional school sports as well as helping to fulfill National Curriculum requirements. As an adventure activity, climbing quickly captures students’ interest, while raising self-esteem, building confidence and helping them to develop teamwork and social interaction skills.
Banff Film Festival – 25th February 2015, Komedia Club, Bath.
Year 11 students are also being offered the chance to purchase tickets for the Banff Film Festival through school.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. The "mothership" festival has been held at the start of November each year since 1975 in Banff, Canada. The festival draws some of the world's best film makers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film. Please see Ms Fox for further details.
The Year 12 Gold DofE group travelled to the Brecon Beacons National Park last Friday for the first Expedition of the school year. With perfect weather conditions we enjoyed a hilly and scenic walk to our wild camping spot, arriving at 9.30pm. Following a relaxing evening under the stars everyone was up early and ready to tackle a 800m climb the following day.
A huge thank you to Miss Tallett and Mr Tomey who gave up their weekend to make this Expedition possible.