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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

DofE at North Bridge House

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is one of many extra-curricular activities on offer at North Bridge House and is highly popular with our students. Every year, pupils embark on the programme with the help and supervision of our specially trained staff.

We believe that experiences beyond the classroom can really help to develop strength of character, which in turn, tends to enhance academic performance. The happiness and confidence found in activities that stretch students outside of their exercise books, provide a sense of achievement which motivates them in many aspects of life. DofE is a particularly rewarding programme in this respect, growing determination as students work towards progressive levels of achievement.

What is DofE?

Levels

There are three different levels of Duke of Edinburgh Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The increasingly challenging but rewarding programmes are designed for young people aged 13 to 24. Participants can choose to embark on any or all of the levels, so long as they meet the minimum age requirement. We offer students the opportunity to embark on DofE with the support of their friends and teachers, and begin with the Bronze Award, after which many choose to pursue Silver and Gold.

Sections

To achieve your Bronze and Silver Awards, you complete a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition   

For the Gold Award, there is an additional Residential section.

Over the course of the programme, you will find yourself helping others, enhancing your health and fitness, developing new and existing skills, and going on an exciting expedition. Each section is designed to involve fun activities, provide new experiences, identify new talents and build friendships. You can find out more here: www.edofe.org.uk

 

Why do DofE?

From the first day to the last, DofE is an adventure.  Providing escapism from the classroom but developing transferable skills, every section comes with a different challenge. You will learn to work both independently and as part of a team, pushing yourself to new but exciting limits. It is an opportunity to further yourself beyond your academic studies but with the familiar and knowledgeable help of your teachers, not to mention a chance to make memories you and your friends will have for life.

DofE is a great opportunity to make a difference to other people’s lives as well as your own, growing yourself within the community, and gaining recognition for volunteering work.

In working to achieve an Award, you will develop a new-found confidence and a view on life that employers, colleges and universities value and seek in their candidates. The skills you will develop are not only helpful life skills, but are indispensable in the workplace and recognised on UCAS applications.

 

DofE at Hampstead

In 2016-17 over 80 pupils enrolled on the Bronze and Silver DofE programmes.

Pupils begin the Bronze award in Year 9 under the supervision of their Head of Year.

Pupils begin the Silver award in Year 10 under the supervision of their Head of Year.

North Bridge House Senior School DofE Leaders: Miss Oliver and Miss Donnelly

Bronze Award 2018 – Important information.

Meetings

There will be a series of meetings for the NBH Senior DofE Bronze group with Miss Donnelly, who will be overseeing the Bronze Award programme. These meetings will give pupils the opportunity to:

  1. Provide regular updates on their progress, share their experiences and ideas, log paperwork and ask any questions they have.
  2. Make sure they have received and considered the necessary paperwork and equipment lists and that forms are completed.
  3. Set clear deadlines to ensure their evidence is logged in preparation for these meetings, in which progress will be checked.

eDofE Profiles

Please note that if you do not update your eDofE profiles regularly, the website will block you. It is therefore imperative that you keep on top of uploading information and do so regularly.

 

Training and Expedition Dates 2018

 

Training/Theory 8 Hour Session

Date:

9ACE & 9AFA (Group 1) –

3rd February 2018

9DBO & 9RIA (Group 2) –

10th February

Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Location: NBH Senior School

Please bring a packed lunch,

a pen and paper, and wear comfortable clothes.

Practice Expedition

 

Date:

Group 1 – 24th – 25th April

Group 2 – 26th – 27th April

 

Time: Coach departs NBH at 7.45am on day 1, returning at approx. 4.00pm on day 2.

Location: Harlow, Essex

Please note pupils will be tired but must attend school on the Monday.

Assessment Expedition

 

Date:

Group 1 – 19th – 20th June 2018

Group 2 – 21st-22nd June 2018

 

Time: Coach departs NBH at 7.45am on day 1 and arrives back at approx. 4.00pm on day 2.

Location: North End, Essex

Please note pupils will be tired but must attend school on the Monday.

 

The link to the information pack needs updating as it is for 2 years ago, can this be deleted as the deadline to sign up for the award has now passed.

Silver Award 2018 – Important information.

Meetings

There will be a series of meetings for the NBH Senior DofE Silver group with Miss Oliver who will be overseeing the Silver Award programme. These meetings will give pupils the opportunity to:

  1. Provide regular updates on their progress, share their experiences and ideas, log paperwork and ask any questions they have.
  2. Make sure they have received and considered the necessary paperwork and equipment lists and that forms are completed.
  3. Set clear deadlines to ensure their evidence is logged in preparation for these meetings, in which progress will be checked.

eDofE Profiles

Please note that if you do not update your eDofE profiles regularly, the website will block you. It is therefore imperative that you keep on top of uploading information and do so regularly.

 

Training and Expedition Dates 2018

 

Training/Theory 8 Hour Session

Date: 24th February 2018

Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Location: NBH Senior School

Please bring a packed lunch,

a pen and paper, and wear comfortable clothes.

Practice Expedition

 

Date: 18th-20th April 2018

 

Time: Coach departs NBH at 7.45am on day 1, returning at approx. 4.00pm on day 2.

Location: Hertfordshire

Please note pupils will be tired but must attend school on the Monday.

Assessment Expedition

 

Date: 23rd-25th May 2018

 

Time: Coach departs NBH at 7.45am on day 1 and arrives back at approx. 4.00pm on day 2.

Location: Essex

Please note pupils will be tired but must attend school on the Monday.

 

If you have any questions about the DofE scheme please contact Miss Oliver, DofE coordinator, Ariana.oliver@Northbridgehouse.com or have a look at the website: www.dofe.org.uk

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