Duke of Edinburgh Award

Wednesday 6th May 2020

 

Dear Participants/parents/carers,

 

I have spoken to some of you on the phone over the past couple of weeks, I will endeavour to speak to the rest of you in due course. Please be aware that my call will be from a withheld number – I will leave a voicemail if there is an opportunity to do so. However, most things I will say will be covered in this post.

 

Despite the uncertainty surrounding everything right now you can use some of your time to keep working towards your Duke of Edinburgh award. There are plenty of ideas and opportunities to make the most of whilst at home. Rules have been relaxed so you can do multiple different activities for each section. For example, if you had originally chosen to volunteer at a care home for your whole voluntary section you can still use the hours you completed before lockdown but now you can add other voluntary work to your log. If you have been collecting or delivering shopping for a neighbour or helping to clear someone’s garden, helping a sibling with their online learning all these things (and anything else you have done to volunteer your time) can be added to your log for me to assess. The same can be done with your skills and your physical. If you were playing football or dancing or going to the gym prior to lockdown but now find yourself struggling to complete this at home, you can instead use your time to go for a run, cycle or long walk – record this exercise, take photos, etc. and add it to your log. Set yourself goals of completing a 5k without stopping – just make sure you are exercising for at least one hour a week to complete the task. I will leave a list of ideas and links (below) to different activities you can complete whilst at home, the options I provide are not compulsory, you can think of your own too.

 

For those of you in Years 9/10 if you complete your relevant activities (voluntary, skills and physical) as best you can by next academic year, you will be able to complete your expedition without the pressure of all the other activities. If you are finding it difficult to complete these at home please do not stress about it, you will be able to complete these when we go back to school – there is plenty of time!

 

For those in Year 11 who I did not speak to, you can do the same with your voluntary, physical and skills activities and get them signed off by me. You can then complete your expedition when you are at college or sixth form (providing they offer DofE, if they don’t there are other options and I can explain them to you if necessary). If those in Year 11 could let me know which colleges or sixth forms they are going to I can find out whether they offer a DofE programme.

 

Our DofE representative has created a Twitter hashtag #dofewithadifference so that you can share ideas and look for inspiration from other participants. She would also like you to follow @DofEnorth if you have Twitter. Here are some examples of online programmes that can go towards your DofE:

 

  • You can take three months of free lessons guitar from Fender. ​​​​

  • Foreign language courses are available at Duolingo.

  • Starting on 25 March, Code.org is launching its Code Break program – a free, live weekly webcast where members of the Code.org team teach coding and computer science to children and adults. The team will also be setting weekly challenges for beginners, experienced coders and even students without computers. You can sign up to receive each week’s Code Break via email here.

  • If anyone is looking at volunteering ideas, the Mapping Map is a great tool to get involved in: https://www.missingmaps.org/

 

https://www.dofe.org/coronaactivitytips  - Please visit our website for information. This page is regularly updated inline with the most recent government guidance.

 

https://british-sign.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044794654 -  £3 minimum donation (normally £25)

https://www.sja.org.uk/globalassets/documents/dofe/dofeselfteachworkbook.pdf - completely free First Aid resources specifically for DofE provided by St John Ambulance

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 - Joe Wicks is doing free workout session via his YouTube channel

 

https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDKlL5yBWTD1b1vGDfxy-sGGupYnoz9rOv2EQy6aSXuZgA7VC8DXQFMtclzhg6DJmzDpOmqu8rRoym2 – Oti Mabuse from Strictly Come Dancing will be doing free online dance classes for both children and adults (My husband has reluctantly agreed to do this one with me). These can be accessed via Facebook

 

The first aid course I have told a lot of you about is the www.sja.org.uk link (above)

 

I will continue to update the school website with different ideas.

 

In the meantime, if you have any issues or questions please email me on

 

z.hill@smithillsschool.net

 

 

Stay safe,

 

Mr Hill 

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