Our Duke of Edinburgh students began their new year by taking on new challenges.
Six Days AJ
The students set out with a map and a compass and had to be completely self-sufficient on their forest trek. For students who have lived their whole lives in the city, this was a whole new experience.
The ambitious programme was arranged for 10 students from MIS to undertake the Practice and Qualifying journeys back-to-back over the school’s winter holiday.
30-31 December 2021
Two-day intensive training before setting foot on any mountain or trail, the students spent this time undertaking the necessary training to provide insight into the skills required for successful completion of the journeys.
1 January 2022
Participants set off early from MIS on the 1 January where they started by exploring the valley to the north of Xitoucun. In two groups they used the skills learned in training to navigate a series of checkpoints taking in a scenic waterfall along the way. As this was a practice journey the group supervisors continued the lessons from the training days, putting classroom lessons into real-world situations. Using a map and compass the 2 groups successfully negotiated a self-planned route covering over 10km whilst exploring the area and seeing the wonder of the outdoors. They worked as a team to overcome navigational challenges and in many sections, trail blazed on their successful completion of day 1 before heading to camp to set up camp and prepare their evening meals.
2 January 2022
Day 2 had a different feel to the day as groups were tasked to head into the mountains via a few checkpoints. After a night under canvas the two groups headed out of camp early to journey through two villages; Yaolaoshe and Apoliu, this meant a significant climb. Although not reaching the peak of Yapo Liu Mountain 960m, the groups traveled to a height of 800m on a single track to the south of the peak. The trail required good navigation as there were multiple choices to be made at many times, due to the difficulty of parts of the trails the groups also had to work well as a team to keep motivation up and successfully negotiate obstacles they met on the way.
Reaching the endpoint of the journey of nearly 30km over the two days the groups were treated to a night in a simple village hotel and a delightful locally prepared meal with some specialties of the area. Following a debrief, participants were pleased to have the basic utilities of a shower and bed which had been missing during the camping the night before.
3 January 2022
The rest was short-lived as the Qualifying journey was looming in everyone’s sleep that night, preparations were made; routes planned, bags packed again, before rising early to hit the trails again. The groups had studied the maps earlier and were aware of the bigger challenge, their supervisors were there to ensure safety, the rest was up to the students. Decisions would not be questioned by the supervisors unless it was safety-related, if groups were navigated, they would have to live with the consequences; a longer hike than planned, packing and meal planning was solely the decision of the groups, if mistakes were made, they would have to work together to form solutions.
Heading out for the qualifying journey the groups navigated their way towards Jigong Rock a peak of over 1100m, the trail was unclear due to the reduced footfall from the last two years of restrictions in travel and trips. This made journeying difficult as errors in navigation were unavoidable, however through discussions the groups successfully managed to reach the ridgeline to the peak. Time however was against them as the trail was steep and slow in places, so the groups managed to reach the false peak itself over 1100m; but not quite as tall, before heading down the west side of the mountain towards Tou Wei Cun and the journey in the valley back to camp. This day was over 20km with over 1000m ascent; a very tough day but the groups showed fantastic spirit, skill and teamwork to overcome the challenges. Reaching the camp after dark, they prepared the camp and meals before everyone got their heads down for a well-earned rest ahead of the next day’s journey.
4 January 2022
The final day was an easier challenge for participants as they stayed within the valleys exploring the villages, local customs and economic challenges of the local area. The recently built Shenzhen Expressway has brought both positive and negative effects with it. The groups spent the day visiting businesses and speaking to locals to discover what these effects were and to draw conclusions as to the ‘pros and cons” of such a major construction project and how this impacted the scenic area, local population and the wider population. This exploration will form part of the group’s presentation.
The Award Equips Young People For Life And Work
MIS is a British school that focuses on quality education to cultivate world talents. D of E is also known as the World Youth Achievement Award. The four categories of D of E are Sports, Skills, Social Service, and Outdoor Adventure. All the elements of the Love Award perfectly fit the teaching philosophy of MIS.
At this stage, there are two Award Leaders (Ms Faye and Mr Nick) and one Award Coordinator (Mr Sean). The three teachers are fully trained by Love Award and are eligible to enroll students. MIS has successfully become the executive centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in China in May 2021 and assist teachers to participate in professional training to be fully certified.
The awards are divided into three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. They are voluntary and non-competitive and are open to any youth between the ages of 14 and 24 to participate. The awards encourage young people to challenge themselves and serve others. After successfully registering, students should complete the goals set by themselves on time every week and finally complete their ultimate goals. The current registration method for D of E is part of CCA enrichment courses. Mr Sean and Ms Faye jointly assist students to register and conduct weekly tests.
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Six Days AJ
1 月 1 日上午，师生一行早早从曼校出发，前去探索溪头村以北的山谷。大家分为两队，各自使用集训中习得的技能挨个搜寻检查站，沿途欣赏风景秀丽的瀑布。由于这是一次实践学习之旅，领队老师边走边培训，将课程内容融合实地情况传授给队员们。手持地图和指南针，两支小队都成功挑战了一条超过10公里的自行规划路线，既探索了山地路况，又欣赏了沿路的户外奇观。队员们坚持团队合作，克服了途中遇到的种种挑战，在许多路段中，他们都展现了砥砺前行的决心和能力，成功完成了第一天的行程后，他们前往营地集合，安营扎寨并准备晚餐。
The Award Equips Young People For Life And Work
现阶段有2名Award Leaders（Faye，Nick）和1名Award Coordinator（Sean）作为爱奖培训过并且有资格注册学生的三位老师。MIS成功在2021年的5月份成为爱丁堡公爵奖项在中国的执行中心。并输送老师参加专业的培训拿到证书。
奖项分为三个级别：铜奖、 银奖以及金奖，具有自愿性与非竞争性，提供给任何14岁－24岁的青年青年参加。鼓励年青人自我挑战、 服务他人。学生要在成功注册账号以后每周按时完成自己设定的目标，最后完成自己的终极目标。目前爱奖的报名方式是放在CCA增益课程里面由Sean和Faye共同帮助学生注册并进行每周的检测。
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