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13/06/19

Spare a thought for those students who still have their final citizenship paper to sit on Monday!

13/06/19

Our Year 8 students are having a 'splashing' time on the Thames today! Thank you ! https://t.co/74gwPHddgg

12/06/19

New members are always welcome at our Year 7 Science Club. It runs from 3:15pm every Tuesday with Mrs Beale. Yesterday the students had great fun building and launching rockets!#AimHigh https://t.co/is5MyOY87C

11/06/19

Y7 Gold Award winners meeting with Mr Garner this morning to celebrate their success - what a fantastic start they have all made to their time at de Stafford! https://t.co/Ro5w0M8TQt

10/06/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Congratulations to ⁦⁩ students Drew B and Ammon R for representing the school this weekend at the Inter County Athletics! 🎽🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/hEOVS857xK

10/06/19

Parents/carers we would love you to join us for our upcoming year group Celebration Assemblies! Remember to RSVP by the 28 June 2019! https://t.co/15loBBsL4H

07/06/19

Our Year 10 Business Day will take place on the 9 July. Click the link to see what we have in store for them! https://t.co/DktQ0aqNmz https://t.co/y8uU7VkXRz

06/06/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

A great effort from our Y7 District Athletics team! Congratulations to those placed in the top 8, contributing to the teams overall score! Jude C 2nd Discus 🥈 Ben M 4th Hurdles Dan R 4th High Jump Abigail M 4th Long Jump Sophie L 5th Hurdles Alfie P 6th 100m/8th 200m https://t.co/7YaRqFEsKC

05/06/19

Good luck to our Year 7 students competing in the District Sports competition today!

04/06/19

Don't forget! If you want to join the Year 7 trip to , the booking deadline is this Friday 7 June. https://t.co/0GMmNkwTyq

03/06/19

Welcome back everyone, we hope you had an enjoyable half term break! There are now just 7 weeks remaining in this academic year. Check our school calendar to see what we have in store! https://t.co/aIqMFnn2JC

24/05/19

It's been a short but busy half term for us at de Stafford. We hope you enjoy reading about it in our latest newsletter! https://t.co/JN1jUvJRJ9 https://t.co/uvsDA1AXxL

24/05/19

We would like to wish the entire de Stafford community a very enjoyable half term break. Students are to return on Monday 3 June on a week 1 timetable.

22/05/19

Every day is Open Day at de Stafford and we welcome visitors into our community throughout the year. If you would like a tour of the school, please call us on 01883 347818 https://t.co/q4fFtAomsy

18/05/19

Retweeted From Kirsty Sandiford

🏆 Made it! 🐌 🐷 🦙 Well done 👏🏼 Practice complete Pleasure to support , fantastic young people and wonderful staff ☺️

18/05/19

Retweeted From Kirsty Sandiford

🐌 Team Snail 🐌 https://t.co/3kslOfnRub

18/05/19

Retweeted From Kirsty Sandiford

☀️ Good Morning Campers! ⛺️ https://t.co/dqVfyLRsVp

17/05/19

Retweeted From Kirsty Sandiford

👣A very successful first day of practice expedition 🌳 🐷 🦙 🐌 https://t.co/Hmwo7nWAPQ

17/05/19

Retweeted From Kirsty Sandiford

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17/05/19

We'd like to wish our students the best of luck with their practice expedition today and tomorrow. A big thank you to all the staff supporting them! https://t.co/2kRkxbOJDO

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 offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 and 10 students.

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 their SAM groups. 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.

With any questions please email Miss Bailey at: kirsty.bailey@destafford.org.uk

Useful Links

DofE Website

Documents

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DofE Bronze Award Application Form - Nov... 22nd Nov 2018 Download
DofE_Initial Parental Permission Letter_... 07th Dec 2018 Download