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20/01/22

Thank you to whose qualified engineers and mechanics will be working with this lucky group of students over the next few weeks, using basic motor mechanics and practical engineering to allow them to develop their practical skills and work effectively within a team. https://t.co/ZOtjc4cWqy

20/01/22

Miss Rose has been busy handing out a record number of certificates over the past couple of weeks. A few of our excellent readers are pictured below. Keep up the great work! 📚 https://t.co/nNGViRIDdr

10/01/22

Our after school sports clubs are starting back today! An updated timetable can be found on our website here: https://t.co/1Ge28r13lm This includes the addition of Badminton Club for Years 7-9 every Tuesday! https://t.co/ikb4fTe4zS

10/01/22

📣VACANCY - SCHOOL STANDARDS BOARD We have a vacancy for an elected parent representative on our School Standards Board (SSB). Please click here https://t.co/e7enkJfQKK for further information. https://t.co/2dDklha3T1

10/01/22

Bien hecho to the winners of our Spanish Christmas card competition, some of whom are pictured here collecting their prizes from Miss Fantana today 👏 Year 7: Isabella W, Olivia I, Jasmine R Year 8: Scarlett W, Wasim U https://t.co/xATByQcUOz

06/01/22

Are you interested in Training to Teach?✨Don't miss your chance to be a part of GLF Schools 'Zoom Into Teacher Training' event. Let our experts guide you on how to become a teacher. 👨‍🎓Join us virtually on Thurs 13 January 6-7pm. To register click https://t.co/VNDX2HXbZu https://t.co/Kg0WEmEkTE

05/01/22

We are delighted to welcome students into school today for the start of the Spring term. After-school sports clubs start back next week and the updated timetable can be found on our website here: https://t.co/X9Q4YdEFfs https://t.co/IRL6Rl0iFN

04/01/22

Our fabulous Covid testing team are ready to start welcoming students from 9am today. Students are not required to wear school uniform but please ensure they have a face mask unless they are exempt. Click here for appointment times: https://t.co/58JotStGZX https://t.co/3LNHFb8g77

17/12/21

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin: https://t.co/JZ148n3h0g. Thank you to the de Stafford parents and carers for your support throughout the course of this turbulent year. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! https://t.co/e4QpENqA9Q

17/12/21

On our last day of term we wanted to share this wonderful selection of festive bauble designs produced by our Year 9 Creative iMedia (IT) students. Well done to Eddie D, Praya G, Aliyah A, and Joseph S. Merry Christmas! https://t.co/Q8uOuAu4h3

16/12/21

Mr Place met with Mrs Desai and Ibrahim and Abdullah to congratulate them as we were 6th out of over 600 schools worldwide in November with https://t.co/XbXFbcqABC

15/12/21

Thank you to all the staff and students who supported this . We think you'll agree there were some fantastic jumpers on show! Well done also to the students with Top 30 Attitude to Learning scores, who were rewarded with a non-uniform day today! https://t.co/0EkS1kIYQ6

15/12/21

Top marks go to Miss Hillsdon and her Year 7 History class for their excellent efforts👏 https://t.co/nVpCqAYT9D

15/12/21

It's here , all in aid of and we caught Mr Place, Head of School, proudly sporting his festive jumper🏉. Look out for more pictures of staff and students later today 👀 https://t.co/rOvsAfLZnG

14/12/21

Thank you to the lovely Year 6 students (and staff) from for coming to watch our 'The Night Before Christmas' performance this afternoon. The script was was written by our fabulous Head of Drama, Mrs Gillam and performed by our talented Year 9 Drama students. https://t.co/hzakBVGJLn

13/12/21

Mr Place was delighted to award Connor, Rosie and Taylor with their prizes for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd (respectively) in Church Walk Shopping Centre's 'In the Spirit of Caterham Christmas' poem competition 👏🏆. https://t.co/tVcqlHO1z8 https://t.co/MQTudzjoAN

13/12/21

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13/12/21

A big well done to this talented group of Year 9 students who were delighted to perform 'The Night Before Christmas' for a lovely group of students from neighbouring St Francis Catholic Primary School this morning. We look forward to welcoming tomorrow! https://t.co/fFG8wPSldP

06/12/21

Retweeted From East Surrey College

Welcome to all pupils joining us today from and ! Wishing you all the best for your College interviews and don't forget our friendly staff will be around to help 👋

02/12/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great skills and great fashion sense on display this afternoon with Mr Henderson’s Year 8 PE class! The boys have had a great time learning the basics of water polo 🤽‍♂️ https://t.co/Dl5vmAxAFT

Duke of Edinburgh

At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. This year we are offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 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. 

How to Apply

Please click here to download an application form or see Mr Harris for a hard copy. Students 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 below) 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 not 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 Mr Harris at: pharris1@destafford.org.uk

Useful Links

Follow us on Twitter @deStaffordDofE for regular news and updates.

Click here to visit the official Duke of Edinburgh website.

The benefits of 'keeping busy', meeting and working with others and accomplishing new challenges are proven to have positive impact on well being.  Please see the ideas listed within this link on how to broaden experience and have fun.  

We offer our students the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh programme, but there are ideas here available for all young people to engage with to develop their understanding of the world around them and their role within in it.

 

 

Documents

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Programme ideas volunteering 02nd Nov 2021 Download
Programme ideas Physical 1 02nd Nov 2021 Download
DofE Application Form 2021 22 02nd Nov 2021 Download
Programme ideas skills 02nd Nov 2021 Download