On Friday, 4th December, boys from Year 9 set out on a preparation hike towards their Bronze level Duke of Ed Award in the Blue Mountains. Having completed their route plans in Week 7, the group were ready to discover some of the hidden secrets of the Blue Mountains, up near Mt Hay.

The group set off at 9am, heading along Fortress Ridge for an expansive view over the Grose Valley. Heading back along the top of the ridge as the sun started rolling over, the group gathered on Fortress Rock to try and locate a mysterious cave, nestled in the valley below.

At the tick of lunchtime, the group found the elusive spot, hidden below the treeline. Exploring the cave and its surrounds took well over an hour, as students learnt about the people that frequented the shady spot! The final challenge was the last climb out of the valley, thankful for the canopy of trees above in the late afternoon!

At the end of the day, the group had walked a total of 13km and climbed a total elevation of 100m. The group were able to put their route planning and mapping skills to the test, following the trails and using the environment to guide them towards their destination and discover some of the Blue Mountains hidden secrets.

Thank you to the staff that accompanied the group on the day – Ms Cook, Mr Kennedy-Gould and Mr Zammit. Well done to the group that completed the hike! I am particularly looking forward to working with this group next year in their Bronze Adventurous Journey.  

Mr D’Souza – St Dominic’s College Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader

Duke of Ed Bronze Group 2020

Alex Carpenter

Alex Robinson

Brayden King

Brodie Patterson

Charlie Klemesrud

Dayne Visser

Gino Carvo

Harrison Dengate

James Rowan

Lachlan Turner

Liam Kaning

Lucas Barglik

Nicholas Csilliag

Ryan Clarke