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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is the world’s largest youth achievement award, giving millions of 14-24 year olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.  From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. The Spires College run all levels of the DofE award, it is open to all students from Year 9 and above. 

The award can be built into your regular school day; volunteering, skills and practical sections can be completed in our lunch time or after school clubs.  Expeditions are run by College staff and take place during June and July, previous expeditions have taken place on the South West Coast Path, Dartmoor and Snowdonia National Park. 

To find out more about how to get involved with the DofE award, please contact Mr Moore by emailing nmoore@thespirescollege.com.  Students will find Mr Moore in room 2307.

If you are currently working on your DofE award and need help finding a suitable activity for a section, have a look at the DofE opportunity finder, via the following link: www.dofe.org/opportunity-finder, or speak to Mr Moore.

There is a link to the DofE website below:

https://www.dofe.org/


 

Information Letters Regarding The DofE Scheme:

Introduction of DofE to Year 9 and Year 10 Sept 2019

Details of DofE Information Evening Oct 2019


 

Calling all Year 8 (Year 9 in September 2020)

Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold a Year 8 assembly and an information evening about students enrolling on The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

From Year 9 onwards students get the opportunity to begin an amazing journey with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, starting at Bronze level and working all the way through to Gold during Sixth Form.  This is an opportunity we would like students to take up as it has such amazing benefits. 

I encourage you to watch the clips below (they’re only short) and read the text to get an introduction to the Award.

Videos:

Introducing DofE 
Students explaining why to do DofE 
Make your CV stand out
Discover yourself through DofE
Steve Backshall's experience    

Why do DofE?

  • It is the world’s leading achievement award for young people 
  • It creates and improves your self-belief, self-confidence, independence, responsibility, planning and teamwork 

What does it involve?

There are four parts to the award:

  • Volunteering – an unpaid service to individuals or the community, you can even do this in groups
  • Physical – improving in an area of sport/dance/fitness
  • Skills – developing a practical or social skill and personal interests
  • Expedition – planning and completing a self-sufficient walk in the local area

Please do look at the activities ideas via the following link: Activity Ideas.  There are hundreds of options!  If you do something that is not on the list but you think it could fit into one of the sections – we can add it.  It is a great reason to try something new, join new clubs, make new friends and learn new skills.  You probably already do something that counts towards at least the physical or skills sections.  All sections can normally be done through lunchtime and after school clubs, however, there are so many opportunities in the community to experience something new. 

At the moment a lot of groups, clubs and activities are not running, check the suggestions on: DofE with a difference to see what you can do under current restrictions. 

How long?

  • For the Volunteering, Physical and Skills section you are required to work on it for just 1 hour a week for a period of 3 months.  One of the sections needs to be for 6 months – but you can decide which one.
  • We can backdate for 2 months, so if you have already been doing an activity that counts towards a section, you’ve already done two thirds of it!
  • The expedition at Bronze level is 2 days and 1 night, it is a low level, easy walk – you plan the route and pick your teams, you can walk for as long or as little as you like (as long as it’s over 3 hours).

Expedition

I would normally be setting out dates for the walks at this point, but for obvious reasons I cannot set a date at the moment.  The DofE are looking at ways in which we can run some outdoor activities, but if restrictions are still in place by the time the other sections are finished you are still able to complete the award.

What next? 

  • Pay the £30 enrolment fee via Parentpay, it is open now, but does not need to be paid until Friday 25 September 2020.
  • Have a look at the Programme planner via the following link Programme Planners, to see what activities you would do for each section and then complete the enrolment form with an adult, using the link below.  You can do it now, but again, it does not need to be done until Friday 25 September, so take the summer to think about the activities and complete it as soon as possible when we return.  It is an online version of the Programme planner. 
Online enrolment form 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: nmoore@thespirescollege.com, and have a great summer holiday. 

Programme Planners

Activity Ideas

 


Across the weekend of 12 July 2019, twenty of our Year 9 students partook in their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Assessed expedition. In preparation for this they had already completed training days and expeditions, covering navigation skills, teamwork, pitching tents, cooking on camping stoves and planning their final route that they walked.

The students had to walk along the steep and undulating coast path under the scorching heat on Friday afternoon to arrive at our local campsite at Treacle Valley Farm for the evening. The students all selected their pitches, set up camp, cooked dinner and were an absolute credit to the College. Members of the public came and asked what they were doing and expressed how much it was a delight to see teenagers being in the outdoors and taking opportunities to try new things and get outside.

On Saturday morning, the students were up at 6am cooking breakfast and packing up camp, before setting off for a walk through the countryside, along the River Teign and ending in Decoy Country Park in Newton Abbot.

Along the way, the four teams took photos and made videos to keep a diary, and also to show future participants of what they can expect from a Bronze DofE expedition.

It was a pleasure to work with these students over the last few months and I extend a big thank you to Mr Toorneini and Mr Loly for their help throughout the training and for the final expedition.

I hope to see the students signing up for their Silver award next year!

Mr N Moore

Bronze DofE Team - start


Mr Moore is our Outdoor Education Co-ordinator.  He can be contacted by telephone on 01803 400821 or by email to nmoore@thespirescollege.com.