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17/09/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/SDs21cVesA We would like to wish all of our followers a wonderful weekend! https://t.co/lokIWOS4nb

16/09/21

Our staff and students are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from 5pm this evening. Presentations from our Executive Headteacher and Head of School will take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and tours of the school are available from 5-8pm. https://t.co/isiRHkntqI

15/09/21

We've been busy turning blank walls into learning walls here and can't wait to show them off to our visitors at the Open Evening tomorrow. Doors will open at 5pm, with presentations taking place in the Main Hall at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. https://t.co/ZoacY9kHzV

10/09/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Mr Henderson’s Year 9 Sport Studies class had a great morning learning all about the skeletal system and it’s functions 🦴💀🫀🫁🧠🩸 https://t.co/yJaoXFA1IQ

09/09/21

📣EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORTS CLUBS Click here to view the extra-curricular sports clubs which we're pleased to offer starting next week: https://t.co/1Ge28r13lm No need to register in advance and completely free of charge! https://t.co/mm3O4QsNMT

08/09/21

We'd like to say a huge thank you to the fantastic team of staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the latest round of Covid-19 testing ran smoothly and efficiently https://t.co/nNiGCjV0Gm

01/09/21

It's Prom night for our 2021 Leavers and we're delighted we've been able to give them the celebration they all deserve.#deStaffordProud https://t.co/2ZIAdIGMrn

25/08/21

📣Parents and Carers See ParentMail or visit our website https://t.co/MDOPkMFhzS for a reminder of our start of term arrangements (parents and carers of our new Year 7 cohort will receive a separate email). We look forward to welcoming our students back into school next week. https://t.co/9izgBDuZmZ

23/08/21

*FREE BACK TO SCHOOL STATIONERY PACK* We will once again be giving away free stationery packs to support local families. Come and visit us in Church Walk, Caterham this Saturday 28 August between 10:30am and 2:30pm. https://t.co/x6c39kFgbW

12/08/21

We look forward to welcoming our fantastic Year 11 students back into school today (between 9:30 and 11:30am) to collect their GCSE exam results. We wish this historic year group the very best of luck ☘️ https://t.co/7gKvYXEdqN

04/08/21

📣PRE-LOVED SCHOOL UNIFORM `OFFER - WEDS 11 AUGUST, 10AM - 2PM We have a large quantity of quality, pre-loved uniform available. Parents and carers are invited to come and have a look and simply take any clothing that is suitable. There is no charge, but donations are welcome

27/07/21

It's wonderful to be able to run a for our lovely new Year 7 cohort this week. Thank you to our fabulous team of dedicated staff and Year 10 students who have made it possible. https://t.co/4nvkL92tHb

27/07/21

📣VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED Schools have been asked to carry out on-site asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for students when they return to school in September. If you would like to support with the testing process, please click here: https://t.co/GibZEHYhB1 https://t.co/VOhfvsoXmw

27/07/21

VACANCY: PART TIME ATTENDANCE ASSISTANT We offer an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated administrator to join our dedicated and friendly school Attendance team. Please visit our website for a full job description and application form: https://t.co/a0nZBQXt3m https://t.co/Jc8ACvl3rF

26/07/21

📣EXCLUSIVE 10% HEWITTS OF CROYDON DISCOUNT CODE We are pleased to advise that are offering de Stafford School parents and carers a one off 10% discount on school uniform which can be used online (Code DS10) or in-store on Friday 30th July 2021 ONLY.

16/07/21

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin for parents and carers, which includes details of our plans for the September return: https://t.co/eDueSiYcsA We wish the entire de Stafford community a wonderful Summer and thank you for all your support. https://t.co/M8X4ofBWyg

16/07/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

What a fantastic day at Sports Day yesterday! Well done to everyone involved 💪 https://t.co/pRk1kl4GD1

16/07/21

📣A quick reminder to our parents and carers that the school closes at 12:35pm today. Details regarding our September return will be published in the bulletin which will be sent via ParentMail later today.

13/07/21

Great seeing the de Stafford DofE campers in action # There is no I in Team

12/07/21

Throughout this week we will be holding Celebration Assemblies for each year group to mark their achievements. Today is the turn of Year 7, led by their Head of Year, Miss Cronin. Well done to you all for making such a fantastic start to your journey with us. https://t.co/SD8IVyP2WD

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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