MIS Duke of Edinburgh丨曼校爱丁堡公爵奖励计划:曼校学子探险之旅
2022-01-14 19:56:00




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Our Duke of Edinburgh students began their new year by taking on new challenges.



Six Days AJ

六天冒险之旅


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.



Duke Of Edinburgh

爱丁堡公爵奖



The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT in 1956 in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist. Both were concerned that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a ‘do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living.


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. 


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Intensive Training

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.



Mr Sean

MIS D of E Leader


The D of E Adventure Journey was completed under the leadership of MIS teacher Mr Sean and two professional coaches, Colin and Frieda. The journey included pre-camp training, preparation, exploring points, planning routes and emergency measures. A total of 13 students were successfully selected for the Love Award in Term 1, each instructor who participated in the training only can allocate 20 student places. 10 students participated in the Adventure Journey project, 6 males and 4 females. This is a required journey to participate in the Love Awards.


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Day 1 

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.




The Adventure Journey took place in the Conghua region of Xitoucun a mountainous area that boasts many of the highest peaks in Guangdong, 6 of which are over 1000m. The area features the most colourful concentrations of trees, waterfalls and flowers in the seasons> The great density of plants and the height of the peaks, the multi-hued lakes and mountains display the unique natural surroundings of the area.  The animal and plant species are an encyclopedic reservoir; serow, sambar, hill ox, civet, masked civet, camphor, fragrant nanmu and cuckoo are just a small selection of flora and fauna that can be seen.  In the last 100 years, many endangered species have been introduced here.




Hao’s Parent:

We knew it would be a hard trip earlier, but I am sure the child can make it. DofE can fully exercise children's willpower and enable them to feel the charm of nature, which is conveyed by the poem "being the top of the mountain, one can get a bird's-eye view of small mountains below"



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Day 2

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.



Michael’s Parent:

We will attend the next DofE, and Michael is also very happy to participate in the continuous exploration of the unknown world. Through the DofE, he gets a different understanding of the future.



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Day 3 

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.



Mr Sean

MIS D of E Leader


This 20km hike was a new experience for most of the students and to climb a mountain with an altitude of 1000 meters is not an easy task. The students fell again and again and stood up again and again. They encouraged and helped each other, we proudly watched them return to the camp each night with a sense of achievement and joy spread across their faces. Coach Colin at the beginning explained that hiking and mountaineering exercise is a spiritual baptism. All the coaches were tired, but the students did not give up and completed the entire journey.



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Day 4

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.



Colin Wildy

D of E Assessor & International Trainer 


All the participants achieved the goal of completing the Adventurous Journey Section of the Award. They showed great spirit and energy to overcome the challenges that they faced as a group; although errors were made, lessons were learned, they leave the mountains knowing that they can overcome anything that life throws at them.



The Award Equips Young People For Life And Work

曼校为什么要设爱丁堡公爵奖励计划



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.


Mr Denny

MIS Diector of CCAs


“Not all learning happens in the classroom.” Mr Denny, Director of CCAs explained, “Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible, and fulfilled citizens of the world ”.


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.



Please follow CCAs WeChat account for further detials of MIS DofE.



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新年伊始,我校参与角逐爱丁堡公爵奖的学生们开始迎接新挑战。



Six Days AJ

六天冒险之旅


学生们带着地图和指南针往森林深处走去,跋涉途中不可依赖他人,唯有自己最可靠。对于在城市长大的孩子来说,这是一种全新的体验。



爱丁堡公爵奖



爱丁堡公爵奖于1956年由爱丁堡公爵和德国教育家库尔特·哈恩(Kurt Hahn)共同创立。 两人都担心年轻人在某些关键领域的发展不足,于是决心将此奖项打造成“锻炼文明生活能力的平台”。


曼校有10名学生参与了这个雄心勃勃的奖项角逐,在学校的圣诞节假期间,脚踏实地完成了实践活动和资格赛之旅。


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强化训练

2021年12月30-31日



跋山涉林之前,学生参与了为期两天的强化训练,通过集训的方式,掌握成功走完旅程必备的相关技能。



Sean老师

曼校爱丁堡公爵奖领队


此次爱丁堡公爵奖“冒险之旅”项目(Adventure Journey)在本校老师Sean和两名专业爱奖户外教练Colin和Frieda的共同带领下完成,领队工作包括营前培训、准备、探点、规划线路和紧急预险措施等等。第一学期曼校共计13名学生成功获得爱奖候选资格,每名参加过专业资格培训的导师手下只有20个学生名额。此次有10名学生参加AJ项目,其中6男4女。AJ是参与爱奖的必修项。


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第一天

2022年1月1日




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。




“冒险之旅”选址在溪头村从化区,这里有许多广东最高峰,其中6座高峰海拔超过1000米。该地区以一年四季均茂密且丰富多彩的树木、瀑布和鲜花闻名。茂密的植物、奇骏的山峰、多色的湖泊和山脉无不展示着该地区独特的自然环境。这里简直是一个动植物物种的百科全书,各种各样的动植物不计可数,比如塞罗、水鹿、山牛、果子狸、蒙面果子狸、樟脑、香楠木和杜鹃等等。在过去的100年里,这里引入了许多濒危物种。




Hao的妈妈:

临行前我们就知道此行会比较艰辛,但我也相信孩子能应付得了。爱奖能充分锻炼孩子的意志力,让孩子理解一下,“会当凌绝顶,一览众山小”的感觉和大自然的魅力。



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第二天

2022年1月2日




第2天的任务有所改变,两支小队要通过几个检查站进入山区。在帆布帐篷下度过了一夜,天一亮,两队就离开了营地,开始穿越两个村庄——“药老舍”和“阿波留”,这意味着大家要爬过险峻的山峰。虽然并没有登顶高达960米的鸭坡柳山,但一行人在峰南的单行道上爬到了800米的高度。这条小径十分考验队员的导航能力,很多时候他们必须做出艰难的选择,好几段难爬的路也考验了队员的团队协作能力,只有互帮互助、互相打气才能解决途中遇到的种种障碍。



在两天的行程中,他们最终抵达了30公里外的终点,在一家简单的郊野酒店里度过了一晚,享用了当地烹制的美味佳肴以及该地区的几道特色菜。队员们分享旅程心得后,进入酒店房间休息,大家很高兴酒店里有淋浴设备和软和床铺,前一晚住帐篷可没有这样好的条件。



Michael妈妈:

我们还会继续参加接下来的爱将计划,孩子本身也非常乐意不断探索大自然和未知的世界。通过爱奖,孩子对人生和未来都有了不同的理解。



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第三天

2022年1月3日



剩下的日程愈加紧凑,队员们在梦里都挂念着资格赛,一夜安眠后,大家做好了充分的准备,计划好行程,快速收拾行囊,早早起床再次启程。两队提前研究了地图,他们意识到未来还有更大的挑战等着他们。领队教练主要负责保障队员安全,其余一切事情均由队员自行负责。无论小队做出什么决定,只要不涉及安全问题,教练都不会提出质疑。如果小队选定了一条路,那么无论这条路有多难、有多绕,队员都需坚持走下去,如何打包行李和备餐都由队内自行讨论决定。如果小队决策失误,全体队员需要共同面对问题,想出解决办法。 



出发前往资格赛之旅中,两队要导航前往海拔超过1100米的济公岩。过去两年的疫情旅行限制导致人流量大幅减少,通往济公岩的路径变得模糊不清。这加剧了徒步的困难程度,导航错误是无法避免的,但是集思广益后,两队仍然成功抵达了山脊顶峰。但是小路陡峭难爬,时间变得很紧,于是两队设法爬到了超过1100米的假峰上,随后大家沿着山的西侧向头围村走去,然后穿过山谷返回营地。今天大家穿越了20多公里,爬上了1000多米的高峰,行程长且艰,但是两队凭借坚持不懈的奋斗精神、绝佳的徒步技巧和默契的团队合作克服了每一重难关。天黑后大家抵达营地,安营扎寨和准备晚餐,然后抓紧时间合眼休息,恢复体力,备战第二天的旅程。



Sean老师

曼校爱丁堡公爵奖领队


20km的徒步加上登顶海拔1000米的高山对于大部分的学生来说还是第一次。学生们一次次跌倒,一次次再次站起来。互相鼓励,互相帮助。在最开始的哭爹喊娘到最后回帐篷以后大家满脸的成就感和喜悦感。Colin教练说的没错,徒步和登山锻炼的是对精神上的一次洗礼。我和教练都觉得非常的疲惫,学生都没有放弃的完成了整个旅程。



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第四天

2022年1月4日



最后一天的任务相对而言轻松一些,队员们留在山谷里探索村庄,了解当地习俗和经济建设难题。新近建成的深圳高铁是一把双刃剑,既有好处也有坏处。在这一天里,两队参观了多家企业并与当地人交谈,了解高铁建设给当地带来了什么影响,研究此重大建设项目的“利弊”,分析它如何影响景区以及当地和外来人口数量。调研结果将呈现在小组回报演讲中。



Colin Wildy

 爱丁堡公爵奖评委&国际培训师


所有参与本次爱奖活动的同学们都完成了最初设定的目标,在应对团队挑战中,他们表现出了极大的韧性和意志力。尽管过程很艰辛,甚至有犯错的时候,但他们汲取教训、及时调整,最终走出了大山。这段经历一定会让他们获得信念:他们可以接住生活抛出的任何难题。



The Award Equips Young People For Life And Work

曼校为什么要设爱丁堡公爵奖励计划



曼校是一所注重素质教育培养世界人才的英式学校。爱丁堡公爵奖又称为世界青年成就奖。 爱奖的4个大项分别为:运动,技能,社会服务,和户外冒险。所有爱奖的元素完美的契合了曼校的教学理念。所以我认为,每一个到达年龄的曼校学生都应该被鼓励参加爱奖。


Denny老师

曼校课外课程总监


“并非所有的学习都发生在课堂上,”曼校课外课程总监Denny老师表示,“同学们需要更多课堂之外的精力,这对于培养他们的责任感,建立自信心和成就很有帮助,这也是成为世界公民的有益实践。”


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。



欢迎添加CCA老师微信了解和报名曼校爱奖计划。



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