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05/12/18

Christmas Lunch will be served on Monday 17 December. Booking forms and further info can be found on our website:-https://t.co/PTIM3wAX0q https://t.co/NmDMpvaYhw

04/12/18

Our Year 11 students were given a well earned break from their exams this morning to enjoy a fantastic performance of A Christmas Carol by touring theatre group .

04/12/18

Does your son/daughter require additional support for learning? If so; please join us at our Coffee Morning on Wednesday 12 December 9.00-11.00 am. RSVP jo.markland.org.uk https://t.co/d4yK1wQ5to

29/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A fantastic win for Y11 Netball Team! Some excellent interceptions & great team work in a fast paced game! Thank you to for coming over to us and congratulations to Immy C who was nominated as POM! 👏🏻👏🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/1PWgCsmguU

29/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

students benefitting from the excellent new facilities A fantastic opportunity for our Y11 core PE students to access the gym and de-stress, especially during their PPEs! https://t.co/NwTl9qAejz

28/11/18

Our Year 9 students are invited to apply now for the highly anticipated DofE Bronze Award. Application forms can be found on our website:-https://t.co/6zB1G3rgVM. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity, spaces are limited. https://t.co/3hHps3l4jg

27/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The year 7 rugby team beat in a close match. Well done to all the boys who played! 🏉

22/11/18

Don't forget tomorrow (Friday 23rd) is an INSET day for de Stafford. We hope our students enjoy their long weekend and we look forward to seeing them all on Monday at 8:30am.

20/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Some great Netball on display tonight! A win for Y8s & a fast paced game for Y9 resulting in a win for 👏🏻 fantastic sportsmanship all round & well done to POMs Mel & Lucy!

15/11/18

Thank you our Year 10 students (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed the performance this morning. https://t.co/uq471J6HIr

14/11/18

Retweeted From CaterhamRotary

Well done to school in winning the debating event and to all the students and teachers involved. A really great school! https://t.co/UTR7RDCEuf

13/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The Y11 Boys team put in some great runs at District X-Country today. Well done to Ross Staton who finished 11th! 🏃‍♂️ Thanks for hosting https://t.co/wW1dCZv36A

13/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic performance from the Boys Y7 and Y8 teams at District X-Country today! Well done to all the boys who ran today 🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/UP3vH8McVq

13/11/18

Lovely to see him acting as such a great ambassador for the school. Well done! https://t.co/yHtSqFBpOO

13/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A fantastic effort from our Y7 A/B & Y8 Netball teams against today! Some fast pace games, with lots to work on but a great team effort! Well done to POMs Carla, Beatrice & Amelia! 💪🏻

08/11/18

Retweeted From LiamHCollins

Very honoured to have been a judge debating competition with teams from and ...many congratulations to for winning through a very strong field

08/11/18

Retweeted From RE_Teacher_Papworth

Huge well done to everyone who took part in the second GLF Debating competition! Amazing to come together and see such talent amongst the students. Well done for reaching the final and massive well done for winning the competition!

08/11/18

What a fantastic event, very well done to all involved! https://t.co/5U4vjwg3ci

07/11/18

We look forward to welcoming the parents/carers of our Year 11 students from 4pm today! https://t.co/Sqw3D7PPCQ

06/11/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A fantastic effort from the ⁦⁦⁩ Girls District XC team today! A big congratulations to Katie C & Leila T who came 4th & 11th & will now progress to represent the county! 👏🏻👏🏻 Thank you ⁦⁩ for hosting! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/SY9BIVxqET

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 above) 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 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

DofE Website

Documents

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DofE Bronze Award Application Form - Nov... 22nd Nov 2018 Download
DofE_Initial Parental Permission Letter_... 07th Dec 2018 Download