This year, DLD students were able to complete their Duke of Edinburgh in house: there are 3 sections to complete (physical, skills and volunteering) as well as an expedition.
DLD students covered the 3 sections by attending various activities from DLD enrichment programme: College council, mentoring, Football, Basketball, Animation club, Photography club, Music group, Art club etc. to only name a few.
The Expedition is an essential (fun but challenging) element that students prepare for over several weeks: this time, our group went to the North Downs to pitch their tents and explore the area. Despite the cold weather, their spirit of adventure was not dampened. Read further to find out what some said:
"It was a tiring but refreshing two days of walking with a bunch of hilarious people. A time well spent well before the start of the last term while enjoying the country side before heading back to the capital. It wasn't as bad as I would have thought it would be due to my physical condition but I manage to man through it like a good old soldier and I'm quite proud of myself for doing and achieving it."
"Although the expedition was really physically difficult for me because I am not used to walk that much (and 3 km it is a long journey!) I enjoined the fact that we had to work out together and we were helping each other in every moment of the expedition.
Personally, the best part was when I saw the bus at the end, we just started laughing and smiling to each other, I was so happy that we made it, no matter any obstacle on the way, we were proud of ourselves as a group and individual."
Karima Pires Manji
"There were great moments where I experienced breathtaking views from the top of the hill, especially when I had just reached the top. It felt like all the hard work of climbing up had paid off. This new experience gave me opportunity to rely on team work and confidence to survive in the woods."