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Marsh Academy takes on Duke of Edinburgh Award - Marsh Academy students began the Expedition section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award with a training weekend involving a day of practical skills, a night of camping followed by a day of hiking in the Kent countryside.  Students learnt about locations, safe distances and the best ways to put up a tent in inclement weather - for some this was their first time camping outdoors! Next followed sessions taught by DofE Leaders demonstrating how to map read and navigate, cook outside on trangias, what to eat during hiking, first aid and route planning.  After the evening meal they spent time with other students from Shepway schools participating in the training weekend.  The following morning students split into their DofE groups and started a 10km hike which put to use the skills they had learnt the day before.  They took it in turns to read the map, use a compass to navigate and make sure the countryside code was being followed.  During spot tests they were reminded of how to cope in various first aid situations. Both teams had a great weekend in the sun and were exhausted by the end of it, deciding that next time they would need more food!


Mindfulness at The Marsh Academy -

BBC Inside Out South East 

iPlayer episode 02/03/2015.   Richard Burnett joined Tonbridge School in 2002 and currently teaches Spanish and Divinity.  Richard is co-founder of Mindfulness in Schools, exploring secular mindfulness as a well-being ‘skill’ for children to learn at school.

Telegraph article

"Present, sir: benefits of a mindful classroom"
Pupils who learn to slow down and concentrate their fast-growing minds will reap rewards in every aspect of life, says Eleanor Doughty Read more