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Duke of Edinburgh

 

To introduce our new Bronze DofE programme for 2018/19 we held an information evening on Tuesday 30th February for parents and pupils. On the evening over 100 information packs were issued to Y9 and Y10 pupils who are interested in taking part in the bronze award.

If your child is still interested in taking part they can collect an information pack from the DT office or the information is available to download. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Miss A Lamph ala@uvhs.uk

 

02.03.18

The deadline to take part for 2017/18 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh has now passed.

Y9 will have another chance to register in September 2018. 

If your child has missed the deadline and still wants to take part you have two options:

Cumbria Youth Alliance run an Open Award – contact Richard Wilson for more details  CYA Richard richard@cya.org.uk Tel : 01900 603131

Cumbria County Council do enrol Open Award Participants (see attached) but they have to take part in an independently  sourced Open Expedition to complete the Expedition Section.

Please see:  DOFE for examples.

 

 

Y9-10 Introduction to Duke of Edinburgh - BRONZE
 

Year 9 -10 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 

This year we are giving the chance for all Y9 pupils to enrol for the Bronze DofE Award in Y9 ready for expeditions in Y10. This gives pupils a longer period to complete their DofE sections before their deadline as only pupils who complete their sections by the deadlines will be eligible to complete their expedition with the school. Those who do not complete the sections have the option to join open expeditions (details can be found on the DofE website) until the age of 25. We hope this system will allow more pupils to take part in the award. 

Dates

To give pupils the best chance to achieve their award we will be running the following Y9 training sessions this school year:

Tuesday 6th March 2018 (3:30-4:30) – Introduction to eDofE. 

Pupils will be issued with their eDofE logins, helped to set up the details for each of their sections and shown how evidence and assessors reports can be logged. 

Tuesday 8th May 2018 - Practice Evening Walk

Evening walk to introduce the team work and navigation needed to take part in an expedition. Leaving school at 15:45 and returning approx. 19:00.

Tuesday 3rd July 2018 (3:30-4:30) – eDofE Progress Session

Help given to participants to update sections, upload evidence and help to get assessors reports completed. 

Friday 20th July 2018 – eDofE Deadline (2 sections must be completed by this date) 

Friday 28th September 2018 – eDofE Deadline (3 sections must be completed by this date) 

Dates of expeditions and training for 2018/19 will be issued in September 2018 if all 3 sections have been completed on eDofE. 

Sections and Evidence

Each participant is required to complete 4 sections (expedition, physical, volunteering and skill) to gain their bronze award. The expedition will be covered in training sessions and expeditions with school, participants are required to organise and attend their own activities for the additional sections (2 activities for 3 months and 1 for 6 months approx. 1 hour of each per week).

 

Choices for activities is extremely varied so a list of suggested activities has been enclosed and more information can be found on the DofE website Activities Section

A guide of suitable school extra-curricular activities is also attached. We have limited volunteering opportunities in school so students should arrange these through their DofE leader. 

It would be useful if you could discuss this with your child to help them finalise their choices. Many participants will be covering some of these activities already and they should start recording their activity on the log forms included in this pack (this can be backdated by up to a month). An assessor, leader, instructor, trainer, coach etc. will be required to sign off each section and complete an assessors report after 3 or 6 months. Participants must notify this person that they intend to use the activity towards their DofE (this must be an adult and cannot be a family member) and tell them what their personal aim is for completing the activity.

For each section participants will need the collect evidence including their activity logs, evidence such as photos, certificates etc. and an assessors report (complete at the 3 or 6 month stage). 

These will need to be set up and evidence uploaded on eDofE accounts which will be issued once you have registered with school. We will have regular sessions in school to help participants with eDofE. Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring activities outside of school are safe and suitable for their child. 

Kit

A full DofE kit list for expeditions is attached. For evening walks pupils will be required to wear suitable walking clothing, a small bag, walking boots and minimum safety kit (shown in bold on the kit list).  The school will provide each group with a tent, stove, fuel, maps, compasses and water carriers. We also have some other kit available to loan, please see the kit list for details. 

Participants will receive a discount card (accepted at some major outdoor stores) once registered on eDofE and will be given training on appropriate kit so please don’t buy any kit until it is needed. 

Cost

The cost for of registering for the award with Cumbria County Council is £30 this will need to be paid with the return of your childs DofE enrolment form by Friday 16th February 2018

Expedition costs are expected to be £70 (due in 2019) which covers training materials, campsite costs, transport, assessor fees etc. This will be due before the practice expedition takes place if your child has completed their two sections on eDofE. This cost may change depending on the number of eligible students but we will as always try to keep costs as low as possible and will inform parents as soon as possible if costs are expected to change. 

There will be a £50 refundable kit deposit (due in 2019) for the loan of team of personal kit including tents, stoves etc. This will be refunded on return of the kit in acceptable condition following the expedition. We ask that participants use the kit provided by school to ensure quality and safety. 

The total cost of the award is expected to be £150 (including the £50 refundable deposit).

We prefer to accept payment via your Parentpay account with instalments due as per the payment schedule above. If you have not yet received your Parentpay activation letter, please contact the school Finance Office as soon as possible. If you wish to pay by cash or cheque please mark an envelope clearly with your child’s name, form and trip details “Bronze DofE” 

Consent

Please return the school trip consent form with the enrolment form. This will cover any in school training, practice walks and expeditions your child takes part in this year. If any information changes please inform Miss Lamph using the email below. A new 2018 form will be issued for pupils eligible for the 2019 expeditions. 

If you have any corners regarding the award or any questions or queries while your child is completing the award please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Yours sincerely, 

Miss A Lamph 

Bronze Award Coordinator 

Ulverston Victoria High School

Email: ala@uvhs.uk

Y10 Introduction to Duke of Edinburgh - BRONZE 

Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 

This year we are giving the chance for all Y10 pupils to enrol for the Bronze DofE Award. This gives all pupils the chance to take part but only pupils who complete two sections by the deadlines will be eligible to complete their expedition with the school. Those who do not complete the sections have the option to join open expeditions (details can be found on the DofE website) until the age of 25. We hope this system will allow more pupils to take part in the award. 

Dates

In order for us to fulfil the training requirements before the final assessed expedition students will be required to participate in training sessions each Monday after school (3:30-5:00) beginning Monday 30th April. These are vital in ensuring students are competent and capable of looking after themselves in the outdoors. In additional to these training session pupils will take part in two training walks and two expeditions. The practice and qualifying expeditions are a mandatory part of the award. 

Dates for expeditions and training:

Intro to eDofE: Monday 26th March 2018 3:30-4:30 

Pupils will be issued with their eDofE logins, helped to set up the details for each of their sections and shown how evidence and assessors reports can be logged. 

Practice Walk: Monday 23rd April 2018 School to Great Urswick

Evening walk to practice navigation skills and pacing. Leaving school at 15:45 and returning approx. 19:00.

Practice Walk: Monday 21st May 2018 School to Birkrigg

Evening walk to practice navigation and investigation skills. Leaving school at 15:45 and returning approx. 19:00.

Friday 1st May 2018 – eDofE Deadline

Two sections must be completed and uploaded to eDofE by this date

Practice Expedition: Sunday 17th  – Monday  18th  June 2018 School to Subberthwaite  This is a requirement for participating in the assessed expedition and passed their award. We will leave school at 9:00 on Sunday and return before the end of the school day on Monday.

Assessed Expedition: Friday 6th – Saturday 7th July 2018 Trout Beck to Tover 

This is a requirement for participants to pass their award. We will leave school at 9:00 on Friday and parents can pick up pupils from Torver at approx. 16:30.

Sections and Evidence

 

Each participant is required to complete 4 sections (expedition, physical, volunteering and skill) to gain their bronze award. The expedition will be covered in training sessions and expeditions with school, participants are required to organise and attend their own activities for the additional sections (2 activities for 3 months and 1 for 6 months approx. 1 hour of each per week).

 

Choices for activities is extremely varied so a list of suggested activities has been enclosed and more information can be found on the DofE website Activities Section

A guide of suitable school extra-curricular activities is also attached. We have limited volunteering opportunities in school so students should arrange these through their DofE leader. 

It would be useful if you could discuss this with your child to help them finalise their choices. Many participants will be covering some of these activities already and they should start recording their activity on the log forms included in this pack (this can be backdated by up to a month). An assessor, leader, instructor, trainer, coach etc. will be required to sign off each section and complete an assessors report after 3 or 6 months. Participants must notify this person that they intend to use the activity towards their DofE (this must be an adult and cannot be a family member) and tell them what their personal aim is for completing the activity.

For each section participants will need the collect evidence including their activity logs, evidence such as photos, certificates etc. and an assessors report (complete at the 3 or 6 month stage). 

These will need to be set up and evidence uploaded on eDofE accounts which will be issued once you have registered with school. We will have regular sessions in school to help participants with eDofE. Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring activities outside of school are safe and suitable for their child. 

Kit

A full DofE kit list for expeditions is attached. For evening walks pupils will be required to wear suitable walking clothing, a small bag, walking boots and minimum safety kit (shown in bold on the kit list).  The school will provide each group with a tent, stove, fuel, maps, compasses and water carriers. We also have some other kit available to loan, please see the kit list for details. 

Participants will receive a discount card (accepted at some major outdoor stores) once registered on eDofE and will be given training on appropriate kit so please don’t buy any kit until it is needed. 

Cost

The cost for of registering for the award with Cumbria County Council is £30 this will need to be paid with the return of your childs DofE enrolment form by Friday 16th February

Expedition costs are expected to be £70 due on Friday 27th April which covers training materials, campsite costs, transport, assessors fees etc. This will be due before the practice expedition takes place if your child has completed their two sections on eDofE. This cost may change depending on the number of eligible students but we will as always try to keep costs as low as possible and will inform parents as soon as possible if costs are expected to change. 

There will be a £50 refundable kit deposit due on Friday 8th June for the loan of team of personal kit including tents, stoves etc. This will be refunded on return of the kit in acceptable condition following the expedition. We ask that participants use the kit provided by school to ensure quality and safety. 

The total cost of the award is expected to be £150 (including the £50 refundable deposit). We prefer to accept payment via your Parentpay account with instalments due as per the payment schedule above. If you have not yet received your Parentpay activation letter, please contact the school Finance Office as soon as possible. If you wish to pay by cash or cheque please mark an envelope clearly with your child’s name, form and trip details “Bronze DofE” 

Consent

Please return the school trip consent form with the enrolment form. This will cover any in school training, practice walks and expeditions your child takes part in this year. If any information changes before July please inform Miss Lamph using the email below.

If you have any concers regarding the award or any questions or queries while your child is completing the award please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Yours sincerely, 

Miss A Lamph 

Bronze Award Coordinator 

Ulverston Victoria High School

Email: ala@uvhs.uk