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16/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A well fought double header for the Y10 ⚽️ team vs , the league fixture finished 3-3, with The Beacon taking the cup result in extra-time. Well done to Joe Vincent-Ryan who scored a well taken hat-trick, and MOM Zac Jennings, who made some brilliant saves

12/10/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🔬

Great afternoon working with the fantastic science department . Lots of new ideas to implement

11/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Thank you for hosting the All Schools Rugby Festival. We took 30 students, boys and girls, and they had a blast! Lots of fun and some good wins along the way 🏉

11/10/18

Our Year 10 Information Evening starts at 6pm in the Jenkins Centre. It's a great opportunity to meet the new SAMs and ask any questions you might have about the year ahead. We look forward to welcoming you!

10/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

As well as after school clubs there are many opportunities to extend learning & have fun during the school day! Every break time in the sports hall there are different activities on offer including Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Football and Yoga!⚽️⛹🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️🏸

10/10/18

We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 parents/carers to the Information Evening at 6pm in the Main Hall

08/10/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic 25-25 draw between the Y8 rugby team and great to see students developing their rugby skills 🏉 https://t.co/QIts9nTe6N

05/10/18

Safe crossing point much needed on Burntwood Lane. https://t.co/hIHuGwFVTQ

05/10/18

Lovely to show so many prospective parents and students around our school this afternoon . https://t.co/bY7tDex0eM

04/10/18

We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed it . Thank you for attending.

03/10/18

We look forward to welcoming our Year 7 parents/carers to the Information Evening at 6pm in the Main Hall

01/10/18

Retweeted From Julia Church

Ex- students, Caitlin Etheridge and Alice Forde, attended a meeting of recently to speak about the activities they took part in at a residential Rotary seminar, as recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Visit https://t.co/ZRRRNlBvLh https://t.co/Kh8BKKrWVl

29/09/18

It was a pleasure to welcome you all. https://t.co/knXdpL9YN4

28/09/18

Congratulations to Katie Conway, another de Stafford student to successfully compete the 16 before 16 reading challenge. Headteacher, Jeremy Garner met with Katie to present her prize and certificate earlier this week (pictured)#celebratingsuccess https://t.co/ymbyZhmQtA

28/09/18

Can you spot Mr Garner who joined over 1000 Headteachers in London today to campaign for increased funding in schools. https://t.co/V32rb9ZrGW

28/09/18

Thank you to everyone who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning yesterday. It was fantastic to see so many members of our local community as well as parents/carers. Look out for a full write up and pictures in our next newsletter! https://t.co/T2E8ZWJCiY

28/09/18

Wishing our Year 7 students and accompanying staff a fun walk and team building session today!#FridayFeeling

28/09/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

Delighted to celebrate our official relaunch of following a £1.2million refurbishment. A special thank you to British Junior Trampoline champion, LouiseBrownsey for your time and inspiration. https://t.co/ASKFo0ONHO

28/09/18

Retweeted From Duncan Wood-Allum #FBPE

Lovely to see my old centre which my brilliant team set up in the mid 1990’s have £1.2 million fit out 25 years on. Complete transformation with and with a little help from Congratulations to all involved. https://t.co/0oQtj6vaXq

27/09/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

⁦A fantastic evening at the launch of the ⁦⁩ It was great to see ⁦⁩ students enjoy the opportunity to get some top tips from Louise Brownsey a current GB Trampoline Champion! 🥇 🥇 🥇 https://t.co/qVaZMYL30f

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