Duke of Edinburgh Diamond award funding
We are delighted to announce that Miss Wallace has secured a £3,234 diamond funding bid from the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
The diamond funding money will allow us to buy new equipment to support our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver participants with their award. With the funding, we will be buying some new group kit including tents, trangias, first aid kits as well as personal kit such as waterproof jackets and trousers, sleeping bags and rucksacks.
The Duke of Edinburgh award gives our students an amazing opportunity to develop personally as well as developing key employability skills and having lots of fun! To complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, students have to complete four sections; volunteering in their communities or at school, learning a new skill and taking part in a physical activity. For the final section students plan and undertake an expedition. The school takes the students on expedition where they walk for two days and camp overnight.
Through these sustained, meaningful activities, our students develop key life and employability skills, such as self-management, problem solving, team working, communication and confidence.
We want to continue to encourage as many students as possible to take part in such an amazing opportunity and the funding bid will support us with this. Students can enrol onto the Bronze award in Year 9 and Silver in Year 10.
As part of the Bronze award our students have completed their skills section by attending our Band club with our Music teacher Mr Davine.
For their Silver awards our students volunteer with organisations and community groups. Lily from Year 10 volunteers at her church club every Thursday for an hour. She helps with children between the age of 4 and 11 teaching them dance routines. Lily said;
‘Volunteering has helped my communication and leadership skills. It has also helped me develop my confidence in talking to groups of young people. I have built friendships with the children and I feel like I’m really having an impact on people through my volunteering’.