The latest update for information on the current situation can be found here (1 July 2020).
Information for participants during the Coronavirus pandemic can be found below:
More information is available on their website www.dofe.org
A message from Mr Simpson
I would like to congratulate all students participating in DofE this year. Your efforts have been titanic especially considering the strange circumstances we find ourselves in.
In the last year Abbeywood DofE participants alone have contributed 169 hours of voluntary service to the local community, making our local area a better and more pleasant place to live. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have put a monetary figure on the volunteering completed by students of ACS, estimating that the social value of these hours is £735.15. I however know that the positive impact of our students is much greater than this figure. Over the last year we have seen students coach sport to younger children, clean beaches and parks of litter, raise awareness for global issues such as social injustice and climate change and care for sick animals.
I would like to take a moment to say how proud I am of every participant completing DofE, in normal times the award is challenging; however, this year has thrown normality up in the air. The participants however, have taken the advent of Coronavirus and everything that comes with it in their stride. Each participant has found new and imaginative ways to complete their sections and has at every step worked extremely hard to complete their award and for that I applaud them.
DofE next year will be bigger and better and I hope that with lockdown easing that camping and expeditions will be back on the agenda, so participants can complete the expeditions they so deserve.
Abbeywood Community School is offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Award to Year 9 students and the Silver Award to Year 10 & 12 students.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable things in their free time.
The Award is widely recognised by educationalists and employers. Some of the benefits to young people include developing or discovering:
- A sense of achievement
- New skills and interests
- Self-confidence and self-reliance
- Leadership skills and abilities
- Exciting opportunities
- Experience of teamwork and decision making
There are four sections to the Award. Participants should complete a minimum of 15 hours over 3 months on each of the skills, volunteering/service and physical recreation sections, with an additional 15 hours over 3 months to be spent on one of the sections. Students will be expected to make their own arrangements for these sections although this could involve participation in an existing club either at school or elsewhere. In every case, an appropriate trained adult will be expected to act as a supervisor and complete a brief assessment of the participation in the activity. The fourth section is the expedition. This is a two day walking and camping journey which is arranged by the School. Full training will be given by members of staff who have experience leading expeditions in the UK and who hold nationally recognised qualifications.
Some of the After School Enrichment clubs on offer can be used towards the Bronze Award, Please click on the link here to view the clubs - green is for Physical activities and pink for Skills.
Please note the dates for the Silver practice expedition is now 27 - 29 March and the Bronze practice expedition is now 15 & 16 May 2020
Thank you to our Sponsors Flint and I-Systems Telecoms
and to the following Companies for their kind donation of Raffle Prizes for our Fundraising Quiz on Friday 1 March 2019.