Duke of Edinburgh's Award

What is DofE?

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We are pleased to offer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) at Bronze level to all of our Year 9 students. The Award is highly recognised by colleges, universities and employers worldwide and excellent for learning skills for life.


To achieve the award pupils will complete activities in four sections; Volunteering, Skill, Physical, and Expedition (each over a period of 3-6 months). They will train and prepare for the expedition which takes place over two days in July.


Through achieving the award, our pupils will benefit from increasing their level of fitness, learning and developing a new skill, building community relationships through helping others, and learning skills for life.

Volunteering - Alexandra Park

This year our students are volunteering in our local park, Alexandra Park. 


They are helping the park keeper with litter picking, planting, and other tasks that may arise throughout their time volunteering. 


Our aim is to ensure the park remains an enjoyable place to visit both for local residents and visitors alike, whilst also caring for our local environment.


Bingo Time!

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"Two Little Ducks, 22!" A chance for those at a local residential care home to join in the fun and try to bag a prize at IncludEd's first Bingo event of the year. 


Students have designed, organised and will run the whole bingo event from start to finish. Their aim is to strengthen relationships in the local school community whilst helping to combat the issue of loneliness for the elderly.

Skills - Art & Music

Students choose either Art or Music as their skill to develop over a period of 6 months. They learn a new talent in something they enjoy doing. Students look at a selection of areas to develop for each skill.


Art   

  • Monoprinting
  • Pop Art
  • Miniature watercolour artworks
  • Pencil Techniques


Music

  • Writing Lyrics
  • Group Singing
  • DJ’ing
  • Music and Mood
  • Musical Influences

Physical

Students commit to at least one hour per week of physical exercise over a period of 3 months. They focus on their health and fitness whilst having fun along the way!


From team sports such as football, rounders & basketball, to individual sports such as boxing and circuit training, the choice is endless.


Students explore the many benefits of physical exercise;

  • Becoming healthier 
  • Finding talents they didn't know they had
  • Increasing self-esteem and confidence
  • Developing Teamwork and Leadership skills

Expedition - Bibbys Farm

Students plan, train for, and carry out an expedition, spending two days and one night away in an area of lowland countryside.


They learn and develop skills such as;


  • Navigation & Route planning 
  • First Aid & Emergency procedures
  • Awareness of risk & health and safety issues
  • Campcraft, equipment & hygiene
  • Food & cooking
  • Countryside & Highway codes
  • Observation & recording
  • Teambuilding
  • Hiking skills


The expedition also gives students the chance to experience spending time in their local countryside - this is seen to provide many health benefits and improve overall well-being. 

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