Music from hard drive (playlist in Media Player) and slideshow of Bronze and Silver Practice and Summer for the relevant cohort. • Gold section Parents’ Information Evening
An introduction to Gold Mr Davis
e D of E • New development nationally. • Use ICT to keep track of your progress anytime. Log personal details online. • ‘Keeping Track’ booklet is part of the CD size pack you receive. • Lots of help and support anytime. • Please check that students keep it updated.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 5 Sections at Gold • Volunteering – 12 months • Skill – 6 or 12 months • Physical – 6 or 12 months • Expedition • Residential • One section of Physical or Skill must be 12 months • One section of either Volunteering, Skill or Physical must be 18 months if direct gold
Volunteering Section • 1 year from October of Year 12 • D of E leadership • Community service • Charford reading scheme • Coaching, teaching and leadership • Working with the environment or animals (unpaid)
Skill Section • 6/12/18 months from October of Year 12 • Chess, music, choir, sign language, school play, learning to drive
Physical Section • Twice a week minimum for 6/12/18months. • School sports club. • Any outside sports club. • Active lunchtimes runs all year, every day. • Gym membership.
Residential Section • 5 days away from home working and living in a group situation with no more than one other person you know • Minimum group size 7 • Working with children, building pathways, dry stone walls, steam railway, activity centres etc. • Cost can be less than £50 • Year 12 Easter/Summer Holiday time Check web site for ideas www.dofe.org You must gain prior approval for your residential.
The Gold Expedition Mr Dixon
Expedition SectionRequirements • 4 days walking • 3 nights camping • Minimum 8 hours of activity per day • Self sufficient • At least one hot meal per day • Wild country
Safety • First aid and safety training for students • Every group has a first aid kit • Route planning covers emergency routes • Students have 24 hour emergency telephone access to supervisors and base camp
Supervision • Practice Gold (Y12) – member of staff walks with group for first two days, then remote supervises for days 3 and 4 • Qualifying Gold (Y13) – remote supervision by staff and assessors • Qualified first aiders • Extensive experience of local area • BELA, WGL or ML qualified • An introduction to the Gold staff team
Food Requirements • Must consume approximately 4,500 calories per day • Good breakfast • Minimum of 1 hot meal per day • Grazing - lots of high energy snacks • Lots of water • Self sufficient for the whole expedition
Suitable Foods • Lightweight • Long shelf-life • Suitable for potentially warm storage • Nothing that is usually stored or sold in a fridge • High in energy • Satisfying physically and mentally
Importance of eating together • Boosts Morale • Camaraderie • Encouragement • Monitoring each other
The expedition training programme Mr Dixon
Monday nights • Start after AS exam study leave in January • Route planning on eDofE • Attendance is compulsory and is closely monitored • Strict deadlines
What now? • Take away the information sheets (also available on the website) • Sign the contract and return it to Mrs Brazil on the IT/DofE helpdesk as soon as possible
Thanks to… • Mr Davis • Mr Hill • Mrs Brazil • Mrs Grogan • …and to you all for supporting your sons and daughters as they begin working for their Gold award.