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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Chislehurst School for Girls

WELCOME TO THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

We are Miss Mackintosh, Miss Walker, and Miss Edrupt, and we are the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Team. 

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We are really excited to be working together to offer this opportunity to all our students, and to be expanding our programme year on year. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised qualification which demonstrates and develops students' essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive. It is all about having fun, working hard with friends old and new, improving self-esteem and building confidence.

We currently run the Bronze Award for students in Year 10 and the Silver Award for students in Year 12, and are hoping to run our first Gold Award group in Year 13 in 2021-22.

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If you would like to find out more, please come and find us at school and speak to us, or email Miss Mackintosh, the DofE Leader, at cmackintosh@chsfg.co.uk.

Current participants can log into their eDofE area here: https://www.edofe.org

The Bronze and Silver Awards are split into 4 sections: Skill, Physical, Volunteering, and Expedition. The Gold Award adds a further Residential section.

Sectional Activities

Students must choose activities to complete for the Skill, Physical and Volunteering sections. They must work on these activities for at least an hour a week. At Bronze level, students must take part in one activity for 6 months, and two activities for 3 months. At Silver, time scales differ depending on whether students have already achieved the Bronze award, but vary between 3, 6, and 12 months. Equally, Gold time scales vary between 6, 12, and 18 months, partly dependent on whether students have previously achieved the Silver award.

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Students can largely choose which of the activities they complete for the longer time period, though Volunteering must be completed for longer time scales in the Silver and Gold awards. These activities can be brand new to the students, or can be activities in which they already participate, but the students must set themselves a goal to work towards within the time frame. Once they have completed the time frame, a supervising adult unrelated to the student must write a report assessing the student's reliability and commitment, as well as the progress the student has made towards their goal. This report completes the sectional activity.

Activities that CHSFG students have taken part in for their sectional activities include:

Skill

Playing an instrument, Choir, Crochet, Drawing, Photography, Fire Safety skills at Fire Cadets, Cooking, Baking, Coding through the Duke of York's Award, make-up artistry, learning a language (including Spanish, Mandarin, Lithuanian and British Sign Language), Embroidery, Calligraphy, and Playing in a Steel Pan Band

Physical

Basketball, Badminton, Athletics, Gym workouts, Swimming, Running, Walking, Horse Riding, Hip Hop Dance, Football, Trampolining, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Mermaid Swimming, Team Sports at Fire Cadets, and Street Dance

Volunteering

Helping at Guides/Scouts/Brownies/Cubs/Rainbows/Beavers packs, volunteering in local libraries, volunteering in local charity shops, helping at a Judo club, helping at after school clubs, volunteering with Riding for the Disabled, helping at clubs within school including Netball and Dance, running own clubs within school including British Sign Language Club and Junior Steel Pan Band, giving instrumental lessons to other students, and Peer Mentoring

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The Residential section, added at Gold level only, requires students independently to complete a 5 day residential course in an area of interest to them. This must be with a group of unknown peers, and must involve social time in the evenings as well as planned activities during the day.

There are so many options for every sectional activity that everyone can find something they're interested in.
 

A full list of suggestions can be found here: 

https://www.dofe.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/programme_ideas_-_complete.pdf

Expedition

The Expedition is a 2-day (Bronze) or 3-day (Silver) expedition undertaken in local countryside at Bronze level, and more unfamiliar countryside at Silver. The Gold expedition is a 4-day expedition conducted in wild country e.g. the Lake District or Dartmoor. Students must plan and journey along their own routes unaccompanied, carrying their own equipment; make camp at a campsite with washing facilities, cook their own dinner, pack up camp, and journey along the remainder of their route. Bronze routes cover roughly 12km each day, Silver routes around 14km each day, and Gold routes in excess of 16km each day. In order to prepare students for this, weekly training is undertaken at every level - this covers first aid, care of equipment, the Countryside Code, putting up tents, packing of rucksacks, use of camping stoves, map reading, navigation, route planning, etc.

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We often carry out a Practice Walk, as well as a Practice Expedition and Qualifying Expedition for each award level in the Spring and Summer terms. The Practice and Qualifying Expeditions are both compulsory elements of the Expedition section of the Award, which is then assessed by qualified assessors during the Qualifying Expedition.

For more information, and to follow our fantastic students’ progress, why not follow our Twitter account? @CHSFGDofE

 

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