Duke of Edinburgh 2017

This term at Penrice Academy, 45 students will achieve their Bronze Award from last year; a fantastic achievement for our students. Well done to everyone.

This year we also have a further 80 students enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh Award including Year 9s, 10s and a few Year 11s.

To achieve their Award they have to:

1. Carry out a physical activity, such as a sport (team or individual) dance, fitness, martial arts, or extreme sports.

2. Learn a skill from an extensive list; in the performance arts, science and technology, animal care, music, natural world, games and sports, life skills, learning and collecting, creative arts, media and communications. Everyone is bound to find something they would like to learn or develop further.

3. Volunteer in various situations, such as helping with children, community action and raising awareness, working with the environment or animals, helping with a charity, coaching, teaching or leadership roles. Again, this is a long list where the young person can make a difference to people lives.

These activities need to be maintained over 3 months or 6 months, each for an average of an hour a week.

Finally, they undertake their own expedition in a team over at least 2 days and a night of camping. They choose their own aim, plan their own route for their journey and undertake extensive training over the year in school.

They go on a practice expedition where they develop their skills and consolidate their knowledge. When they complete their Independent Expedition, they give a presentation about their experience to an adult.

We plan for the students to complete their Bronze award in the school year but it can be adapted for individual circumstances. Once complete they can progress to the Silver Award, generally in Year 10.

For more information, visit the Duke of Edinburgh website  or any questions please contact our D of E team at Penrice.

Ms Penrose

D of E Manager