Duke of Edinburgh
Duke of Edinburgh
Congratulations to all those in year 10 who have now entered all their data to their eDofE account. This all needs to be completed as soon as possible. Year 9 students should also be getting assessors reports completed in the lead up to their expedition.
Year 8 students will now have the opportunity next year to start their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. This will allow students to then have the opportunity to complete the Silver Award in year 10.
Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions
25th June - Year 9 Practice Walk
30th June - 1st July Year 10 Assessed Expedition (selected groups)
9th - 10th July Year 9 Assessed Expedition
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly abbreviated to DofE) is a programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone agreed 14 to 24 regardless of personal ability. DofE programmes can on average, take between 1 year and 3-4 years to complete depending on the route taken. All programmes must be completed by the participants 25th birthday. Around 275,000 participants are taking part in their DofE Programme at any time in the United Kingdom.
The concept of DofE is simple – anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
- Volunteering : undertaking service to individuals or the community
- Physical : improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
- Skills : developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition : planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK (or abroad for the gold award).
As you can see, the Award is a fantastic opportunity for participants to improve their skills, health and wellbeing. It pushes them to be the best they can by encouraging them to learn new skills, be physically more able as well as giving them confidence in themselves and their abilities. It also makes them aware of others and how they can help and give back to their community.
Here at St Thomas More, we have been successfully running the scheme for 14 years at the bronze level. Students in year 9 are invited to take part in the Bronze Award with the remaining students going on to complete the award in year 10. The school values the extra-curricular and realises that their are many benefits to completing the award. Those who have completed their Bronze will then be able to go on and complete the Silver Award in year 10. They may then go on to the Gold Award in 6th Form.
Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator