Duke of Edinburgh Award
At St Peters we are proud to offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. We currently offer Bronze to Year 9 students, Silver to Year 10 students and Gold to Year 12 Students. We are a Direct Licensed Centre which is a type of organisation which holds a license to deliver DofE programmes to young people on its own premises.
The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships experiences and memories that will last a life time.
What is it all about?
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a personalised Award where young people design their own programme, which can be tailored to suit their personal circumstances, choices and local provision. The Award is balanced, progressive and enjoyable whilst being achievement focused demanding high levels of commitment. A DofE programme is a personal challenge and not a competition between others. It is also achievable by any young person who chooses to take up the challenge. Whilst we offer the programme at St Peters it is voluntary and young people choose to do a programme and commit some of their free time to undertake activities. There are four key elements a physical section, volunteering section, skill section and an expedition section. At Gold there is also a residential section. At St Peters for Bronze we take the students to Little Gidding for a practise overnight expedition and Thetford for assessment overnight expedition. For Silver we take students to Rutland for practise overnight expedition and Peak District for assessment overnight expedition. For Gold we take students to Peak District for practise overnight expedition and Yorkshire Dales for assessment overnight expedition. Whilst on expedition students are unaccompanied for parts of expedition to meet requirements.
The Bronze and Silver Award consists of four sections: Expedition, Volunteering, Skills and Physical. Detailed information and a comprehensive list of possible activities for each section can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website (www.dofe.org). The Gold Award also consists of the four sections above plus a residential section.
The Volunteering Section of the Award is all about making a difference to other peoples’ lives. Participants in the past have volunteered their services in:
Childcare The Environment Youth Work
Care for the elderly The Scout Association Animal Welfare
Fundraising Raising Awareness in the Community
Helping those with Special Needs Sports Leadership
The Skills Section of the Award is all about learning something new or improving on an existing hobby, again previous participants have chosen to take up for example :
Cooking Languages First Aid
Snooker Musical Instruments Gardening
Animal Care Craft work Sports officiating
Money Management Fishing Journalism
The Physical Section is all about getting active in sports, dance or general fitness. There is no requirement for really talented physical activity, a commitment for a minimum period of time is all that is necessary. Possible activities include:
Dance Racquet Sports Keep Fit
Trampolining Ball games Swimming
Extreme Sports Martial Arts Fitness
Running Gymnastics Cycling
How do I get involved?
We will launch the Award to the relevant year group to young people in Assemblies and following this there will be an opportunity for parents to come along.
When can I get involved?
We enrol for Bronze in year 9, Silver in year 10 and Gold in year 12.
Why should I get involved?
There are so many rewards for young people who do DofE programmes and achieve an Award. Its balanced programme of activities develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working. Furthermore, as doing their DofE involves developing a personal programme of challenging activities, participants will enjoy unique experiences and rewards. In addition, the skills and personal attributes developed through participation are recognised by employers, colleges and universities. Having spoken with Award holders there is general agreement that participants develop:
Self – belief
Self – confidence
A sense of identity
Independence of thought and action
Respecting and understanding of people from different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life
A sense of responsibility
An awareness of their potential
New talents and abilities
An understanding of strengths and weaknesses
The ability to plan and use time effectively
The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
The ability to lead and work as a team.
The DofE Manager at St Peters is Mrs Robson.
You can find out more at www.dofe.org
For more details of the DofE award at St Peter’s please email JRobson@stpetershuntingdon.org