This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the first year that St Peter’s School has run the award. 48 students from Year 10 have been working hard developing their range of skills, volunteering their time to help their community, keeping fit and exploring the Purbecks and New Forest to gain their Bonze DofE Award.
Students have committed to at least an hour a week over three or six months to their chosen activities which have included horse riding, learning to play a new instrument, organising Park Runs, snowboarding and cooking to name but a few.
Further to this, students have completed two hiking expeditions in the Purbecks and New Forest. Both expeditions were very challenging both physically and mentally. Students were faced with a full range of conditions from sleeping in below freezing temperatures to walking with all their kit in the hot midday sun. Groups were fully independent during their qualifying expedition and had responsibility for planning and following their own route, carry their own kit, making and breaking camp, as well as cooking for themselves over the weekend.
All 48 students who took part in the expedition impressed their assessors with their maturity, teamwork and map reading skills. I am delighted to report that all students passed their expedition section. Students are now working hard to finish their Bronze Award, gathering the last bits of information and evidence so they can be award their certificate at the upcoming Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation evening.
As part of the celebration of the Diamond Anniversary Mr Welch, The DofE Manager, attended Buckingham Palace on 16 June to be awarded with a plaque for the school. Mr Welch was joined by participating schools from around the county to enjoy an afternoon in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, meeting The Duke of Edinburgh and The Earl of Wessex, and a presentation from adventurer, Ray Mears.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is expanding in the school. If you are interested in the award and would like further information, please speak to Mr Welch.