The Duke of Edinburgh Award continues to grow at Rawmarsh with 150 students involved this year.
51 students mainly from Y9 are working towards the bronze award and 99 from Y10 and Y11 working towards the silver award. Next year we are looking at possibly even greater numbers!
The award gives students the chance to do something completely new and improve on things they are already doing. It takes them out of their comfort zone and into a place where they’ll push themselves and have amazing new experiences. They will build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups. And have a brilliant time doing it.
Looking forward, the DofE can help young people carve out a better future. Colleges, universities, and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it can help to open the right doors for students.
The award has 4 sections, each requiring a significant commitment of time and effort.
|Volunteering||Students complete a volunteering placement either at school or within our feeder primary schools. This can be as a classroom assistant working with younger students or completing a range of tasks supporting curriculum areas or pastoral and administrative staff.|
|Physical||Students have to take part in a sport, dance or fitness activity. This can be within the school or with an external club or organisation. In the past, this has included football, netball, climbing, synchronised swimming, cycling, and horse riding.|
|Skill||For this section students need to learn a skill or take up a hobby. Within school they have the opportunity to learn first aid or to become a sports leader. Many students use activities they are involved within their own time eg. playing a musical instrument, theatre skills, dog training or learning a foreign language.|
|Expedition||Students have to take part in overnight camping expeditions. This involves planning and walking a route, map reading, carrying all their own equipment and cooking their own meals. At Bronze level, the students take part in a 2 day expedition walking from school to Hesley Wood, camping overnight there and returning to school the following day. At Silver level, the expeditions are more demanding they complete a 3 day practice expedition and a 3 day qualifying expedition. These take place in the Peak District.|
This year our students have been a credit to themselves and the school displaying an exemplary attitude and a willingness to challenge themselves. This has been particularly evident during the expeditions where despite challenging weather conditions and terrain the students have risen to the occasion and should be proud of their achievements.