The Duke of Edinburgh’s award at Robertsbridge Community College has been established since November 2014. We offer the award at Bronze level but are looking at adding the silver award in the future. In our first year we have had 14 students complete their Bronze Award and will be going to the Regional Awards Evening in February to be presented with their Bronze Certificate and badge.
Currently the Bronze award groups meet every Thursday after school. The sessions run from 15.25 till 16.30. Students need to be at least 14 to participate in the bronze award.
Our DofE Coordinator Mr A Hougham is working towards his John Muir award course. He has recently completed his Lowland Leader Award, First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work covering outdoor content, Introduction to the DofE, Expedition Supervisor Training Course, The National Water Safety Management Programme and Mountain Bike Leader Course. By January 2016 we should be able to offer our students the best choice of activities on the DofE Award.
We are also able to deliver the Young Navigator Star Award (YNSA) courses at all levels.
Mr Hougham is assisted by Mrs S Brindle, DofE leader, and Miss R Young, DofE Leader, who have both completed Introduction to DofE and parent Helper Mr G Foord, DofE Assessor
The DofE sessions cover navigation and route planning, First Aid, an awareness of and health and safety and risk assessment, preparatory map skills, practical map skills, compass skills, campcraft equipment and hygiene, food and cooking, countryside highway and water safety code, observation recording and presentations.
A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and complete an expedition over 2 days (1 night). Students also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
If you are interested in doing the DofE award please see Mr Hougham, Mrs Brindle or Miss Young for an enrolment form. You can get your programme and planner from the links below. There is also a link to the DofE website.
Lesson schedule for Jan & Feb 2016
Young Navigator Star Award