May 20, 2013
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. It is an exciting programme which encourages students to develop transferrable skills which they will continue to use throughout their lives. It encourages young people to live life as an adventure; to inspire guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements, no-matter where their starting point is. The key for this qualification is hard work, commitment and progress. Should your child participate in the award (at any level) some of the benefits they will gain include:
- Improved self-belief
- Greater self-confidence
- A sense of identity
- Independence of thought and action
- Respect and understanding of people from different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life
- A sense of responsibility
- An awareness of their potential and new talents and abilities
Currently we have 26 students in Years 9 - 12 enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh’s programme. They have been using the EEP programme to access their skills, physical recreation and volunteering sections. After the Easter holidays, staff will begin their training in the expedition section of the award. This will include navigation skills, self sufficiency in the field, fitness and first aid. They will be learning how to be completely self sufficient for two to four days dependent on their level and will put these skills into place in practice and assessed expeditions later this term.
It is anticipated that all the Bronze candidates in Year 9 will have achieved their award by the end of the year. Silver and Gold candidates will begin to achieve their awards in the following years, being qualifications which take a longer period of time to complete.
For further information and an explanation of the varying sections of the award, visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website at: www.dofe.org