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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

DofE is a huge part of life at Plymouth High and is almost a ‘rite of passage’ for students on their journey through school and into the wider world. The vast majority of students at Plymouth High participate in the opportunities that this world leading youth scheme provides – it is often one of the first things that older students recall when asked about what they remember most about their experiences at Plymouth High.

What do you do in DofE?

There are four sections;

1. Volunteering

Helping people/Community action and raising awareness/Working with the environment or animals/Helping a charity or community organisation/Coaching, teaching and leadership.

Click on the link for further details 

2. Physical

Individual sports/Water sports/Dance/Racquet sports/Fitness/Extreme sports/Martial arts/Team sports.

3. Skill

Performance arts/Science and technology/Care of animals/Music/Natural world/Games and recreation/Life skills/Learning and collecting/Media and communication/Creative arts.

4. Expedition

Usually by Foot but can be by Bicycle/Boat/Canoe or Kayak/Wheelchair/Horseback.

Look at the following expedition link;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b-GSGpB2pM

 

Residential (at Gold level only)

Service to others/Environment and conservation/Learning/Activity based.

Look at the following links for further details;

https://www.dofe.org/do/sections/

https://www.dofe.org/do/ideas/

 

 

What are Bronze, Silver and Gold levels?

BRONZE

Year 9 – two sections for 3 months and one section for 6 months plus a two day/one-night local expedition eg South Devon.

SILVER

Year 10 – one section for 3 months and two sections for 6 months plus a three day/two night more remote expedition eg Dartmoor.

GOLD

Year 11/12 – one section for 3 months, one section for 6 months and one section for 12 months plus a four day/three night ‘wild country/mountainous’ expedition eg Snowdonia.

You are also required to take part in a Residential at Gold level – staying away from home for five days/four nights doing a shared activity with people that you don’t know.

Look at the following link for further details;

https://www.dofe.org/do/timescales/

Why do DofE?

It’s ‘life-changing’! It’s fun, it builds confidence, resilience and leadership skills, gives you new experiences and challenges and gives you the ‘edge’ when applying for university or employment as it is recognised both nationally and internationally as the world’s leading youth scheme.

Look at the following links for further details;

https://www.dofe.org/do/why/

https://www.dofe.org/do/benefits/

https://www.dofe.org/do/parents/

https://www.dofe.org/lifezone/videos/

If you complete your Bronze, Silver and Gold Award you will get to go to London to receive your Gold Award by a member of the Royal Family at either Buckingham Palace or St James’s Palace.

Look at the following links for further details;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJEb4poVP10

How do I get involved with DofE?

Following a DofE promotional assembly at the beginning of the academic year in September, students will be given a letter outlining the award details and will be asked to complete and return a DofE Enrolment form and pay the DofE Registration fee (£22 for Bronze or Silver, £29 for Gold) on ParentPay.

Students will then have their DofE place ‘created’ and will then be invited to the eDofE training to plan and submit their section activity plans under the guidance of their DofE Manager.

Enrolment deadline for the Year 9 is Friday 2nd October 2020.

On-going support for DofE participants.

If students need any help or have any question’s they will be able to meet their DofE Manager during morning registration in LRC1. They can also email or communicate through their eDofE account at any time.

Contact details

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Payne – the DofE Manager at Plymouth High School for Girls at gpayne@phsg.org