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Many people think that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about walking, they’re not completely wrong but students also have to be a volunteer, develop a skill and do a physical activity. However, the expedition section is an important part of the Award for those students who do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, it is this section that allows them to best develop their teamwork skills and resilience.
Each of the sections, volunteering, physical and skills, has to be done on a weekly basis for a number of months. Our Duke of Edinburgh students are currently busy doing all these activities. Each student picks what type of activities they want to do. Many of the staff at Tor Bridge High are currently supporting the students by helping them to record their activities on the eDofE website, and many teachers are assessors for students who are involved in after-school clubs.
The range of activities that the students are involved in is amazing. A number of students are helping out in the school library and in the science garden, they are enjoying these voluntary activities so much that they often continue to help out even after they have completed the time required for their DofE award. Some students help out with football teams in primary schools, or younger children in teams to which they already belong.
One of our current Silver participants is helping out at Plym Valley Railway, he is learning a skill at the same time as he helps with the maintenance of the engines. Other students are learning cookery, foreign languages and badminton…all at after-school clubs. Choose something that you are interested in, you are more likely to stick at it.
Colleges, universities and employers really like to get applications from students who have been involved in the DofE Award Scheme. They recognise that these students are a certain sort of person who gets on well with others, works hard and sticks at whatever they are doing, just the sort of person they want working in their organisation.
If you are in Year 9, or above, and would like to do your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award make sure you ask Mrs Trotter how to get started. Also, have a look at the DofE website, http://www.dofe.org where you will find lots of information and ideas for the different sections. However, you’re probably already involved in something that you can use towards your award.
Huge well done to Reece, Zack, Phillip, Brandon and Christian for successfully completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award practice expedition on Dartmoor recently. This is a great achievement; they were out on Dartmoor for 4 days and 3 nights, 2 of those nights were wild camping, no easy feat!
We were extremely impressed with their comradery and teamwork; they helped each other during difficult areas of the expedition and at one point, were pushing each other along difficult inclines when blisters were making things challenging. Great work everyone, we are all very proud of you – onwards and upwards now to the assessed expedition!