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08/01/21

Parents and Carers -please find a link to our news bulletin https://t.co/hBUIy76FiF which has also been sent to you via . We would like to wish all of our followers a happy and healthy weekend!

08/01/21

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

Tune in to hear from Shai Weiss, CEO of Airways on Thursday at 5pm!🕔 Shai will share career insights & advice on teamwork, resilience and maintaining mental clarity during difficult times.🙌 To join: https://t.co/KZT5cMlxrs. https://t.co/GUFBnmDj9n

05/01/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

WELCOME TO THE PE TEAM! Miss Gentry has joined and you will soon meet her in your remote lessons...although you’ll have to wait until February to see her basketball skills in person! 🏀 https://t.co/rw4OQ8YQ5g

05/01/21

Parents and Carers - further to the most recent government announcement, please find a link to an update letter: https://t.co/ZpBB9cfIax We will continue to keep you updated and thank you again for your support and patience.

04/01/21

📢We are looking for volunteers to support our Rapid Covid-19 Testing programme . Please click here for further details and to register your interest: https://t.co/6z286ndKg9 https://t.co/PgTbQYAGrs

31/12/20

Parents and Carers - further to the most recent government announcement, please find an update to our start of term arrangements: https://t.co/YBNWTmxRSR. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best as we enter 2021.

18/12/20

📢Parents and Carers Further to the most recent government announcement, please click here https://t.co/ufE8l7nlGd for an update regarding the start of term. A copy has also been sent via . Thank you for your continued support.

17/12/20

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin https://t.co/aER0vSFjMJ! 🎄 We wish all of our students, parents, carers and staff a very happy and healthy festive break and look forward to welcoming you all back to school in 2021! https://t.co/sUy36o02Ur

17/12/20

We are very grateful to our parents and carers for their support. We have tried our hardest.

15/12/20

Great work Ollie! 👏 https://t.co/FAdoKISIE5

11/12/20

It's been wonderful to see our staff and students supporting and spreading some festive cheer🎄#makingtheworldbetterinasweater https://t.co/TbZ1z3waeG

10/12/20

Hi , thank you for checking. No school blazer is required if students are wearing a Christmas jumper.

10/12/20

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY - FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER 2020 We're looking forward to seeing staff and students in their Christmas jumpers tomorrow! Should you wish to support the valuable work of you can make a donation directly online here: https://t.co/BI1IN0PRs2. https://t.co/5XcyHQFhxi

09/12/20

Mr Parry's Year 8 Science class enjoyed a 'virtual' lesson this morning on digestion. It was great to see so many students positively engaging in their learning from home. Well done everyone! https://t.co/iSHnocLF8S

09/12/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Mr Harris & Miss Porter broadcasting live to Y8 for their PE lesson this morning! Great to see 52 of you taking part! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/tPJlvFeUHF

04/12/20

Parents and Carers - Please note Year 8 students should remain at home between Monday 7 December and Friday 11 December and access their class work via and per their Week 1 timetable. Please click here for further details: https://t.co/UUlNpD9J6b.

01/12/20

Well done to Mr Henk, Mr Starke, Mr Henderson, Mr Harris, Mr Rayner and Mr Parry who have all been partaking in this year, helping to raise awareness and encourage our students to talk openly about men's mental and physical health issues! 👏 https://t.co/cFXXo1IuAD https://t.co/4g4rBfZYXV

30/11/20

A reminder that the school is open for Year 11 students attending mock exams only today. We look forward to welcoming years 7-10 back in to school tomorrow! https://t.co/kKHaDDQAPn

27/11/20

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin which contains news and updates from the Head of School and each Head of Year: https://t.co/keI9NfMp22 We wish you all a happy and healthy weekend! https://t.co/Db8Hwc8IwT

Duke of Edinburgh

Update: 29 September 2020

This year we have made some changes to DofE at de Stafford to ensure that we can deliver the award within the guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Year 9 students can apply to complete their Bronze DofE and will be working to achieve 'The DofE Certificate of Achievement.' For this academic year, young people will receive this formal recognition of their achievements in their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections.

Many young people are facing unprecedented changes and challenges in these times. DofE can give them something positive to focus on and provide structure and stability, whilst also supporting them to develop life skills, develop confidence and build resilience!

Students in Year 9 will see a virtual assembly this week during SAM time. An application form can be downloaded below, via SatchelOne or collected from their Year 9 SAM.

For more information please see the links below:

https://www.dofe.org/

https://www.dofe.org/DofEwithadifference

Follow us on Twitter: @destaffordDofE

If you have any questions please do make contact kirsty.bailey@destafford.org.uk


At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. This year we are offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 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. 

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.

The benefits of 'keeping busy', meeting and working with others and accomplishing new challenges are proven to have positive impact on well being.  Please see the ideas listed within this link on how to broaden experience and have fun.  

We offer our students the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh programme, but there are ideas here available for all young people to engage with to develop their understanding of the world around them and their role within in it.

 

 

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