Duke of Edinburgh Award
Silver D of E Award
June 2021 Information
Thanks so much to all of you who have already paid and returned the slips for your child’s Silver DofE expeditions.
I thought it’d be useful to record a short video for you with some information about how the weekends work and the kit that is required. Normally there would be a Parents’ Information Evening but with restrictions still in place I have put this together instead: http://youtu.be/PYZcUIny9Io?hd=1. It also mentions that the students need to bring in their bag (with all their personal kit in) on the Wednesday morning before their expedition – ready to check it after school on Wednesday. They can leave this bag in school overnight and come in on Thursday, ready to go.
I also wanted to ask if you could remind your child to complete their lateral flow test the night before we go on DofE.
Group 1 Letter - 28 May 2021
Group 2 Letter - 28 May 2021
25 Feb 2021
Following the update from the government we are optimistic that the DofE weekends will be possible in June/July and September. We will have to treat it cautiously and continue to monitor the guidance as it changes. As the situation develops we’ll keep you in the loop with what is possible. In order that we can go ahead if it is allowed, can I ask you to keep up to dates with payments wherever possible? Should we be unable to go or certain aspects of the expeditions changed or cancelled, we will issue refunds accordingly.
The dates we have booked in provisionally are as follows:
Practice Expedition: either 1st to 3rd July or 15th to 17th July
Qualifying Expedition: either 8th to 10th September or 22nd to 24th September
If all goes ahead as planned I’ll let you know more information about the expeditions in the coming weeks. Your child’s group will take part in one of the practice expeditions and one of the qualifying expeditions. We’re hopeful they can go ahead and the students will get their chance to complete the expeditions.
Thanks for your support,
Gold D of E Award
Gold Information - 2 July 2021
For September 2021 Year 12 students (so now Year 11) - 15 June 2021
** It says on the letter above that the training walk is on the 17th July. It should read Sunday 18th July.
Thanks for bearing with us regarding the Duke of Edinburgh award while we were waiting to hear back from the Approved Activity Provider, Dynamic Adventures.
I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that the Practice Day Walks will have to be pushed back from the Easter Holidays, when they were originally planned. It doesn’t seem sensible to go ahead with these at the moment with the situation we’re currently in. Therefore, the Practice Walks will be moved to the 31st May to the 2nd June. We’re really keen for students to be able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award this year if possible. We remain optimistic that the assessed expedition can go ahead in August as originally planned. We will, of course continue to review this.
With regards to completing sections at home, now is almost the perfect opportunity to focus on your skill, be it cooking, learning an instrument or anything else. The Physical section should also be possible to complete, even if it requires a temporary tweak to fit with lockdown. Volunteering is probably the trickiest, however, this can be changed to be flexible during lockdown and there are ideas here for volunteering in the current climate: https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/activities. Completing this award, this year in particular, will show such incredible resilience and really set the students apart from their peers on University, College and Apprenticeship applications.
Thanks for all your support and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask,
Y12 Gold D of E - 15 October 2020
Gold Update 22 September 2020
Please see below the most recent update from Dynamic Adventures about Gold DofE. Obviously the situation is always changing but this is the most up to date guidance from Dynamic Adventures. It seems like as things stand it should all be able to go ahead, albeit in a safe way, perhaps locally.
15th - 19th Feb 2021 Gold Practice
2nd -6th Aug 2021 Gold Assessment
I would also look to arrange some route planning afternoons with them between practice and assessment.
As far as the DofE stands at the moment we have been given the go ahead to run things outside of the normal calendar so Feb half term would still be fine. Obviously we are dealing with weekly changes but schools seem to be the one thing the government are keen to keep going and we can work within school bubbles with social distancing and strict hygiene measures.
The biggest change we are facing is that we can't currently camp(or bunkhouse) the teams. We are really hoping this may have changed by the new year but we would need to have a plan A and B in place. At the moment after each day the students would have to go home. This would mean keeping the Gold local (this is another change the DofE have allowed to keep the Gold programmes going) we would put together a route in the Mendip/Bristol area if this is still the case.
I hope this goes some way to reassure you that Dynamic Adventures are taking the changes into account and we’re doing all we can to make sure that the students can finish off their Gold Award. If students no longer wish to take part (we’re hoping they are all still keen to continue as they’ve put in most of the hard work) they have until the 1st October to let us know, otherwise we’ll assume they’re happy to carry on. As students have already taken part in the day walk they won’t be able to get a full refund but we’ll give back what we can.
Thanks for all your support and please don’t hesitate to ask should you have any questions,
Update - 9 September 2020
Dynamic Adventures are currently working out how the expeditions might work now that restrictions have been lifted and should be in touch with more information soon. However, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you our provisional dates for next year. Please note these are subject to change.
Y13 Practice Expedition - 15th to 19th February
Y13 Assessed Expedition – 2nd to 6th August
I’ll be back in touch when I hear back from Dynamic Adventures with some more information on how it might all work.
As a result of the lockdown situation and the problems that social distancing presents for running trips, our Silver and Bronze DofE expeditions for students currently in Year 10 have been cancelled. Participants should continue to complete their other sections as they have several years left to complete the expedition itself. We will be in touch regarding refunds for the expeditions in due course. Dynamic Adventures, who run our Gold award, are continuing to follow government advice and the Practice and Assessed Expeditions are postponed, with new dates yet to be confirmed. Should you have any questions, please get in touch with our DofE Manager, Ed Westley (email@example.com).
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.
At BSCS we offer the following levels:
- Silver (In Year 10)
- Gold (In Year 12)
…which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award. An award which is recognised by university, colleges and employers nationally.
You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:
- Volunteering: helping people or the community
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
- Expedition: planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
For the first 3 sections you can choose from a massive range of activities which give you an amazing opportunity to learn some new skills and have fun!
At BSCS we have regular training sessions for those that complete the award and students can track their sections on eDofE.org. We then complete a practice and qualifying expedition, during which students plan their own routes, meals and aims for their trip.
The dates for Silver (Year 10) are as follows (these dates are all subject to change):
11 – 13 June and 2 - 4July 2020 for the Practice Expeditions (Quantock Hills)
10 - 12 and 20 - 22 September 2020 (Quantock Hills) for the Qualifying Expeditions (Forest of Dean)
The dates for Gold (Year 12) are:
Training Day (Mendip Hills) - 22 February 2020
Practice Expedition (Brecon Beacons) - 13 to 17 April 2020
Route Planning Day (in school) - 13 May 2020
Assessed Expedition (Snowdonia) 24 to 28 August 2020
Gold Letter - 7 February 2020
You can find more information about the DofE award here: https://www.dofe.org/
If you have any questions please get in touch with Mr Westley (firstname.lastname@example.org)