A journey of self-discovery and development
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a DofE Award develop.
Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.
There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
At St Augustine’s the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is run for students in Year 10 . Enrolment on the scheme takes place in the Autumn term , followed up with weekly drop in sessions. The scheme is growing in popularity and this year we have 48 students working towards their Bronze Award. Students have included a diverse range of activities to complete their award including developing language, knitting, sewing, cooking, sailing and model building skills .They have volunteered in scouting, children’s liturgy, sports coaching and a wide range of charity shops and have taking part in physical activities ranging from swimming and football to dance.
The final strand to their award is an expedition where they have to learn map reading, camping and cooking skills. It is a physical challenge for many and their satisfaction on completion is an honour to witness.