Students navigate their way to award success

MAKING STRIDES: High Tunstall College of Science students taking part in their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

MAKING STRIDES: High Tunstall College of Science students taking part in their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

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THE hills are alive – with the sound of Hartlepool students!

58 staff and students from High Tunstall College of Science took to the North Yorkshire Moors to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award navigation training.

The year 10 students, who are preparing for their expeditions in 2015, set off from Osmotherley.

Duke of Edinburgh award manager Michael Fenwick said: “The students have been on their award for three months now.

“They have been working their way through volunteering, physical and skill sections of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and learning the theory behind their expeditions for 2015.

“Whilst theory imparts some knowledge, it is vital students gain real outdoor experiences and put that theory in to practice.”

Students had to use their map and compass skills to navigate from the village up on to Black Hambleton through patches of thick fog too.

Assistant Leader Michael Stones said: “Every year we bring students out for this real navigation experience and each year the students from High Tunstall do us very proud.

“We keenly encourage them to appreciate the environment and to communicate with others enjoying the outdoors using colloquial terms so anyone passing by was greeted with a chorus of ‘how do’s?

“It is a valuable cultural and social experience for students as many of them haven’t ventured to the moors or been in a situation where passers by say good morning and want to talk to them about what they are doing.”