On 18 November Mr Welch was invited to attend a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Presentation afternoon at St James Palace to meet the HRH Duke of Edinburgh and be presented with our DofE centre licence certificate. We are now excited to be offering our pupils the opportunity to take part in this award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been running for over 60 years, providing millions of young people with the opportunity to be the very best they can be. The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award. The programme gives young people the opportunity to develop themselves through a rage of sections: Skills, Physical, Volunteering, Expedition sections and for Gold, a residential. Young people can take part in the DofE at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
We are currently running the Bronze award for Year 10 students and have had a great uptake with over 50 pupils taking part. Since September these pupils have been working hard to organise their own activities for each of the different sections. Pupils will also soon begin planning and training for their expedition section which will see pupils working in small teams to hike over a pre-planned route and will include an overnight camp.
In January 2016, a small group of Year 12 students will begin working towards completing their Gold award. These pupils have the opportunity to complete their Gold award by the end of Year 13 after which they will be invited to St James Palace to be presented with their award by the HRH Duke of Edinburgh.
For further information about the award please visit www.dofe.org or contact Mr Welch, St Peter’s DofE Manager.