Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

On Monday 20th June, 25 Senior School pupils left Marlborough College Malaysia to undertake their expedition walk for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (IA). This is a part of the worldwide and highly regarded programme of resilience, leadership and personal development for young people. The pupils have to complete an expedition during which they are required to camp; they will also complete voluntary work and improve a skill of their choice. The structure of the IA works perfectly alongside the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) that our pupils undertake in Sixth Form. 


Following a full day of travelling to the Cameron Highlands, the pupils arrived in Tanah Rata, where they settled into hostel life; nothing new for our boarders but a wonderful lesson in communal living for our day pupils. The pupils were taught basic first aid, navigation, shelter building, camp craft, and cooking with stoves. 


The day of the expedition dawned and the pupils were immediately challenged with a steep climb across rough terrain. Scrambling, climbing, crawling on all fours; this was a real test of determination and resilience. After a  day walking in the jungle, the pupils arrived at camp to set up their tents and cook their supper, before they were able to enjoy a night under the stars. The following day, the tents were taken down and the pupils set off for the last day of their expedition. 


It was a truly memorable experience for the pupils, who loved the final stages of the walk through the famous tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands. At the finish, the pupils were rewarded with tea and scones, which were devoured with glee. 

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