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18/10/19

Just one week left of this first half term! Parents/carers - our weekly news bulletins should have hit your inbox and are also available on our website https://t.co/FJuISMBpLz. Please take the time to read them over the weekend! https://t.co/AfKJHoqoLd

18/10/19

Today is . On average, 2 children in every class of 30 will experience severe enough to hinder academic progress. For further info visit https://t.co/07Qil5igY9 or speak to our team. https://t.co/grfgbJcDM0

17/10/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

🚨GIRLS FOOTBALL TRIALS🚨 Next Thursday 24th after school. Come along and bring a friend! ⚽️

16/10/19

Excellent turnout at our Y11 study skills evening. Preparing for success.....#achieve https://t.co/M4rFj6vVpn

16/10/19

Thank you to the parents/carers and Year 11 students who have signed up for our interactive Study Skills event this evening. We look forward to seeing you at 6:30pm! https://t.co/m0tCukKbQ3

14/10/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

An excellent student led fitness session ⁦⁩ Well done to Shara who guided Y10 students through stretches and a core workout! 💪🏻 https://t.co/xxJMjWOsf7

11/10/19

Retweeted From Movingandhandlingtrainer

This might be one for your students to attend? https://t.co/riaGfbrFKw

10/10/19

Thank you to Lottie Cooper-Beirne and Katie Conway who having studied mental health and stress in Citizenship recently, shared some wise words with Year 7 and 8 in their assemblies this week. https://t.co/DPP39emKMI

10/10/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to the ⁦⁩ Y10 Netball team, a fantastic effort at the District Tournament! Thank you to ⁦⁩ for hosting # team https://t.co/EQ8tLjk1mE

09/10/19

Retweeted From de Stafford Art

The Year 7 Ceramics groups have been creating clay tiles inspired by Islamic patterns https://t.co/9LXogDWNeK

08/10/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Using Swiss balls to improve tackle height at rugby club 🏉 https://t.co/l6Y8OJe0xk

08/10/19

👏🏻 https://t.co/GQzcKe4Nip

08/10/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A fantastic effort from the ⁦⁩ Y8A/B Netball teams today! In horrendous weather conditions, they displayed tremendous resilience & great teamwork! Well done to players of the match Bethany F & Carla T 👏🏻 ☔️ 🌧 https://t.co/em7Hi7hrqW

08/10/19

A reminder that the deadline for applications is this *Friday 11 October*. Don't miss this out on this life changing opportunity to develop new skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job! https://t.co/A6pDrmxV1C

07/10/19

Parents/carers of our current year 9 students are encouraged to attend our 'GCSE Journey' Information Evening this Wednesday 9 October. No need to make an appointment, please just arrive for 6pm in the Main Hall. https://t.co/y9PXe6SDJF

05/10/19

Retweeted From United Nations

Do you remember your favourite teacher? On Saturday's , we celebrate teachers around the world & all they do for our communities & societies. https://t.co/cZpBCTtxVx https://t.co/8xN1Qyjz3h

04/10/19

Our Year 7 students enjoyed a day today, which included a walk across the Farthing Downs (and befriending local sheep) 😃. https://t.co/seQsXgCLcp

04/10/19

Students and sheep https://t.co/01sY9QG1zA

04/10/19

Year 7 in the distance! https://t.co/pbahYGZXVQ

04/10/19

Year 7 walk the great outdoors https://t.co/3shAb5AHQb

Duke of Edinburgh

At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. We are currently offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 and 10 students.

What does DofE mean to your child?

It is a fun adventure and it takes them out of their comfort zone. They have a chance to discover new talents and build strong friendships. They grow in confidence and resilience and develop important skills that colleges and employers are very keen to see in young people. Research says that students with a DofE award are much more likely to get a job in the future and to get a place at college.

 

The 4 Sections:

  1. Physical - They have to complete a length of time in a physical activity (sport, dance, gym, martial arts etc.)
  2. Skill - They have to complete a length of time learning a new skill (musical instrument, maths leader, photography etc.)
  3. Volunteering - They have to volunteer for a certain length of time (helping at a charity shop, helping younger groups at cubs, guides; taking on some environmental work etc.) We also have some volunteering opportunities around school. It should not be volunteering doing work that other people are paid to do.
  4. The Expedition - They have to complete two expeditions, the practice and the qualifier, where they navigate and walk as a group and camp overnight. This will also involve a relatively large amount of training, both after school and on one Sunday, including camp craft, navigation using a compass and a map, fitness, nutrition, cooking and orienteering. There will also be two practice walks: a short one around Caterham after school and a day walk to practice safety, navigation and team dynamics. All of these events are compulsory for DofE students. Parents will be asked to bring participants to the beginning of these events but collection will usually be from school.

Kit

Kit is expensive so we provide most of the kit you will need for DofE. The Duke of Edinburgh himself is adamant that this is an inclusive award so there is funding for anyone who might qualify for support. Previous injuries or existing conditions should also be no barrier to participating. Special dispensations are regularly given to participants to make the process accessible for all. Here is the Exped kit list that all students will need for the practice and qualifying expeditions. Here is the Day Walk kit list that all students will need for the day walk. Here is the Sunday Training Day Kit List that all students will need for the training day.

How to Apply

An application form will be distributed to students via their SAM groups. They will need to apply, telling us about their previous experience and hobbies, how they intend to complete their skill, volunteering and physical section and why they are ready and should be chosen for this challenge. They will then have an interview. Again, they should prepare for this interview by researching and deciding what they will do for their three sections, (there are some ideas in the links below) and by being ready to explain why they want to do DofE. We will be looking for the following criteria: Enthusiasm for DofE; Organisation of the Sections; Evidence of previous commitment (so whether they are likely to stay the course); Attitude to life. Please practice this with them so that they are more confident. Places are limited so this process will determine if they will get a place or not.

Those who do not get a place can still complete Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with other providers such as Street Youth Centre Caterham in Caterham Valley or with Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (SOLD) in Dorking.

With any questions please email Miss Bailey at: kirsty.bailey@destafford.org.uk

Useful Links

Follow us on Twitter @deStaffordDofE for regular news and updates.

Click here to visit the official Duke of Edinburgh website.

 

 

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
Duke of Edinburgh Application Form 30th Sep 2019 Download
News articles for 2019 DofE 30th Sep 2019 Download