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18/06/18

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Alive N Kicking is on tonight 4:15-5:15pm! Come along, bring the family and learn about healthy eating & nutrition, food prep, food labels and try some fun activities!

15/06/18

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⁩ Y7s experiencing a new sport this morning with their first bowls session from Caterham Bowls Club! https://t.co/5lGiiY0vtc

13/06/18

Hello. Thank you for getting in touch. We would expect the assemblies to finish by 9:45am at the latest.

13/06/18

Parents/Carers we warmly invite you to join us for your son/daughters end of term Celebration Assembly. Please follow this link for details:- https://t.co/BHssH5anuB

12/06/18

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Y10 Yoga ⁦ 🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️ https://t.co/6zGfchph2w

11/06/18

Congratulations to our Year 7 student Angelica Peinke who has read over 3 million words in the Accelerated Reader programme and is fast approaching the 4 million mark! This is an amazing achievement. -millionaire https://t.co/m1A885O45H

06/06/18

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Alfie doing well in the Y7 high jump! ✂️ https://t.co/ktZqdHKd2T

06/06/18

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Some big throws being recorded in the boys Y7 shot put at District Sports! 💪🏼 https://t.co/mPo81C0BBy

06/06/18

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Tough weather conditions for the girls 800m at District Athletics! 😅☀️ Go ! https://t.co/79tmpnr083

06/06/18

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Fun in the sun at the Y7 District Athletics! Thank you for hosting! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ well done to all students who took part! 👏🏻 https://t.co/bnNIMzrxU0

06/06/18

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Awaiting the results from the 100m heats at the Y7 District Athletics! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/stcvzxeP0j

05/06/18

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A fantastic effort from the Rounders team today at the Y8 District Rounders Tournament! Thank you for hosting! ⚾️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/7PRDGpJZVc

05/06/18

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Behind the hoarding at our new reception has a fantastic new tiled floor. https://t.co/g4kDEelIPE

05/06/18

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Y8 students learning about a healthy active lifestyle and nutrition in assembly this morning with For more information go to https://t.co/5ACKpXmTMq 🤸🏼‍♀️⛹🏻‍♀️🏋🏼‍♀️🤾🏾‍♀️🏌️‍♀️🤺🏊‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️ https://t.co/W4zvTUIMMP

05/06/18

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A fantastic bowls session today from Caterham Bowls Club! students will be learning new skills from some very experienced volunteers over the next 6 weeks! Give bowls a try - https://t.co/FHGyhKOWd6 and turn up on a Saturday at CBC 10-11am! https://t.co/jbip2dqOyX

04/06/18

Welcome back to all our staff and students. We hope you had a very enjoyable half term break. To catch up on all our latest news and achievements view the latest edition of 'de news' here:-https://t.co/POjb9pC0hH https://t.co/P7VezqzyQ5

23/05/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

To think what was here before 👏🏼 Coming soon, with - a brand new sports centre state of the art reception, fitness suite, cafe and more come September ☯️ credit to for the great progress https://t.co/hmHyPqCAeQ

23/05/18

Well done to our St Catherine's Hospice Five-O Project team who raised a significant amount for charity and were awarded a prize for 'Most Innovative Fundraising Idea'. Click here for further details:- https://t.co/aBfM0zOuoU https://t.co/5LHQVgQj9W

23/05/18

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Congratulations to Shara & Nikki who came 2nd & 6th in the Y8 Girls Athletics meet ! 🥈👏🏻👏🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/oF4smLEiE5

23/05/18

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An excellent effort at the Y7/8 Girls Athletics yesterday well done to all students who represented 👏🏻👏🏻 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/BmEyzwguAe

Duke of Edinburgh

At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. We are currently completing the Bronze Award with our Year 9 and 10 groups and the Silver Award with some of the Year 10s.

What does DofE mean to your child?

It is a fun adventure and it takes them out of their comfort zone. They have a chance to discover new talents and build strong friendships. They grow in confidence and resilience and develop important skills that colleges and employers are very keen to see in young people. Research says that students with a DofE award are much more likely to get a job in the future and to get a place at college.

The 4 Sections:

  1. Physical - They have to complete a length of time in a physical activity (sport, dance, gym, martial arts etc.)
  2. Skill - They have to complete a length of time learning a new skill (musical instrument, maths leader, photography etc.)
  3. Volunteering - They have to volunteer for a certain length of time (helping at a charity shop, helping younger groups at cubs, guides; taking on some environmental work etc.) We also have some volunteering opportunities around school. It should not be volunteering doing work that other people are paid to do.
  4. The Expedition - They have to complete two expeditions, the practice and the qualifier, where they navigate and walk as a group and camp overnight. This will also involve a relatively large amount of training, both after school and on one Sunday, including camp craft, navigation using a compass and a map, fitness, nutrition, cooking and orienteering. There will also be two practice walks: a short one around Caterham after school and a day walk to practice safety, navigation and team dynamics. All of these events are compulsory for DofE students. Parents will be asked to bring participants to the beginning of these events but collection will usually be from school.

Kit

Kit is expensive so we provide most of the kit you will need for DofE. The Duke of Edinburgh himself is adamant that this is an inclusive award so there is funding for anyone who might qualify for support. Previous injuries or existing conditions should also be no barrier to participating. Special dispensations are regularly given to participants to make the process accessible for all. Here is the Exped kit list that all students will need for the practice and qualifying expeditions. Here is the Day Walk kit list that all students will need for the day walk. Here is the Sunday Training Day Kit List that all students will need for the training day.

How to Apply

An application form will be distributed to students via an introductory assembly in September. They will need to apply, telling us about their previous experience and hobbies, how they intend to complete their skill, volunteering and physical section and why they are ready and should be chosen for this challenge. They will then have an interview. Again, they should prepare for this interview by researching and deciding what they will do for their three sections, (there are some ideas in the links above) and by being ready to explain why they want to do DofE. We will be looking for the following criteria: Enthusiasm for DofE; Organisation of the Sections; Evidence of previous commitment (so whether they are likely to stay the course); Attitude to life. Please practice this with them so that they are more confident. Places are limited so this process will determine if they will get a place or not.

Those who do get a place can still complete Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with other providers such as Street Youth Centre Caterham in Caterham Valley or with Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (SOLD) in Dorking.

Useful Links

DofE Website