Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The DofE is a popular activity for pupils at Stonar. All pupils from Year 9 upwards are encouraged to complete their Bronze DofE award. The award is in four parts: skill, physical recreation, service and the expedition. This is an award that requires commitment, perseverance, and a huge amount of teamwork. Those who enjoy the Bronze award (or the sense of achievement that comes from completing a challenging expedition) can continue with their Gold award in Sixth Form. The Gold award is looked upon very favourably by universities and employers alike, due to the level of soft skills needed for its completion.
Developing skills beyond the classroom.
The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors or check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. In the 2021/22 academic year, Stonar entered a team for the first time, for the 35 mile route. This is now a mainstay in our Adventure Training offering. In May 2023, Stonar will be entering 35-mile and 45-mile teams and training commenced in the Autumn Term. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives, and for many it will be a life changing experience.
Explorer Scout Group
Stonar’s Explorer Scout group gives pupils the chance to get out and about, learning skills such as campfire cookery, map reading and bushcraft skills, and put those skills to the test with night hikes and camping. Our Scouts also go on trips to try activities such as caving or climbing, and this year we are embarking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in the Autumn Term.