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11/06/21

PART TIME ATTENDANCE ASSISTANT REQUIRED We offer an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated administrator to join our dedicated and friendly school Attendance team. Please visit our website for further details: https://t.co/a0nZBQXt3m https://t.co/EscF0uyJJW

11/06/21

Click here to view our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/aHiIjJI54d We would like to wish all of our followers a fantastic weekend!☀️

28/05/21

It's that time of the week again! Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/T9uadwyx0D. We would like to wish the entire community a well earned and very enjoyable half term break. https://t.co/ml1FUkBt1F

27/05/21

📣SAVE THE DATE! We are planning an Open Evening for Thursday 8 July between 5-8pm. Presentations will take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and guided tours will be available throughout the evening. No need to pre-register. We hope to see you there! https://t.co/6aTbjz0Fyg

27/05/21

Are you interested in becoming a at either primary or secondary level? Join the 'Zoom into Teacher Training' event on 14 June @ 18:30-19:15 to find out how can support your journey to teach! To register click here https://t.co/Nj90dNe7B2 https://t.co/p5QGzvqmc2

26/05/21

Today was an emotional day as we held a Leavers' Assembly and shirt signing session for our superb Year 11 cohort. We look forward to celebrating with them further at their Prom and wish them continued success and happiness. https://t.co/pkjulDo3N9

26/05/21

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

A bittersweet day today saying farewell to our year 11s. We are so proud of how far you have come 💛💛. Wishing you all every success as your future unfolds before you

24/05/21

Our school uniform supplier are offering 10% discount on all online orders from Monday 31st May - Sunday 6th June! 👍 https://t.co/z7ZMODf1q0

21/05/21

Please find a link to our school news bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/YWuHSCpaet We wish you all a fantastic weekend!

21/05/21

Tickets for the Year 11 Prom are available to purchase now via Scopay. Please visit our website for further details: https://t.co/eTk8P037RI https://t.co/9ZLjOmX7JO

18/05/21

Is your son or daughter due to join this September? We've sent you an email with details of our planned induction days and Summer School https://t.co/xySVBTbuh0. Don't forget to register your interest for Summer School via this link: https://t.co/xURNTZ7ROR https://t.co/Lr5apg0lHh

14/05/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers https://t.co/2nHZoVk9xy We would also like to share this wonderful image by and remind our students to email help.org.uk whenever they require support! https://t.co/2EJppqBKyQ

10/05/21

Retweeted From YoungMinds

To start , spend 20 minutes having a conversation about mental health with your child. Here are some conversation starters you can use. https://t.co/TYtbRYuLoy

10/05/21

Well done to our Year 9 art students who have been creating some beautiful illustrations of the as part of their development for the project https://t.co/U1nVOJgfLO

07/05/21

Please find a link to our weekly new bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/IyaNFgxVdG. We wish all our followers a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/7CdC02dDCD

06/05/21

It's and we are pleased to be able to support with a venue for their today. Email lettings.org.uk for further details on the fantastic spaces we have available for hire! https://t.co/bVQjo3lvKl

05/05/21

All eyes were on Mrs Beale today as she taught her Year 8 Science class about the anatomy of the eye using dissection 👀 https://t.co/1bBqZ77B7Z

30/04/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/Bh8fInsqcY We wish you all a fantastic bank holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday! https://t.co/k9RXgSgMu8

30/04/21

Congratulations to Noah Vellacott and Michael Dean (Year 9), joint winners of Caterham Rotary Club’s annual Prix de la Paix award, a competition rewarding a student studying Spanish for an entry written in Spanish on the theme of War and Peace. https://t.co/gGVOVMJfYV

23/04/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Some good technique and excellent distances recorded in Year 8’s first long jump lesson with Mr Henderson this afternoon ☀️ https://t.co/lqHvqtJgBq

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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