What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
The DofE is a fantastic award that challenges and inspires many young people between the ages of 14 – 24 years. It is made up of 4 sections;
In 2009 Hamstead Hall delivered its first ever Duke of Edinburgh award with just 21 students. It now averages 120 students a year across the three different levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold). All students in keys stages 4 and 5 have the option to take part in the award and it will run alongside the activities that you study in PE.
Why take part?
The DofE award is an adventure from start to finish. You will work with as an individual and with other people and so you learn to become organised and patient with others. You will learn how to communicate with others and co-operate effectively to achieve. During the expedition there will be massive highs and lows mentally and you will have to manage these emotions and prove that you have the resilience to not give in.
It is a great thing to add onto your Curriculum Vitae showing that you have taken part in something outside of lessons. It is even better to show teachers, college lecturers and employers that you have stuck at something and completed it even when it became a little difficult.
In year 9 you will be introduced to the award. This usually happens in an assembly. If you like the sound of the award and you are up for the challenge then you will have to apply and enrol. It will cost to take part in the award and these are outlined:
Enrolment - £40 (or £50 at Gold)
Practice expedition - £35 - £45
Qualifying Expedition - £35 - £45
To keep costs down Hamstead Hall will rent out some of the equipment required at a minimal charge.
“Do you have the resilience to take part in the award?”