St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 2016

St Mary's Catholic College Wallasey

Dear Parent/Carer

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
Your child has expressed an interest in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and we would therefore like to invite parents and pupils to attend an information and enrolment evening on Monday 19th September 2016 where information about the award will be given.


St Mary’s College has run an extremely successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme for over 40 years. The aim of the award is to provide young people with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and widest reach. Young people doing their DofE programme complete four different types of activity.

They are:
• Volunteering: undertake service to individuals or the community. This develops compassion, commitment and the confidence to make a difference.
• Skills: develop practical and social skills and personal interests. This helps young people to realise their unique potential and gain greater self-esteem.
• Physical: improve in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. This develops fitness, enjoyment and, depending on the activity, teamwork.
• Expedition: plan, train for, and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. This develops teamwork and leadership, and challenges young people to push themselves beyond their expectations

The volunteering and skills sections must be carried out in their spare time (approximately 1 hour on each per week for 3-6 months) and your child should start considering what they would like to do. The physical improvement section will be run during the Monday evening sessions and the expeditions will take place in June.

The Award Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to further their skills of independence and leadership and is highly regarded by higher education institutions and employers. The Award Scheme requires persistence and commitment and it is therefore the responsibility of the participant to find and arrange the activities that they
will undertake for their volunteering and skills sections. Participants should also ideally choose something new to them and there is an extensive list of activities that are acceptable on the DofE website or by entering “doing your DofE” into Google and clicking on the activities section.

The Bronze Award at St Mary’s College – Training and Expeditions
The participants will be trained for their expeditions on alternate Monday evenings from 7-9pm.

The training sessions will cover all elements needed to have a successful expedition:
• First aid and emergency procedures
• Awareness of risk and health/safety issues
• Navigation and route planning
• Food and cooking
• Country & Highway Codes
• Team building
• Improving physical fitness

Participants must attend these sessions as they are a compulsory part of the award and without this essential training they will not be able to take part in the expeditions.

Participants will also complete the following under appropriate supervision.
1) Wirral Way Walk – An introduction to walking in early November time
2) Wirral based orienteering – an introduction to orienteering in the spring
3) A practice expedition
4) A qualifying expedition

These events will take place throughout the year with the expeditions being in June. Participants will be in groups of their choice for the expedition. They will walk for 2 days and camp for 1 night on their practice expedition and camp for 2 nights for their qualifying expedition. They will carry all their equipment whilst walking and will be assessed on their ability to plan a route, navigate, work as a team and cook and look after themselves at camp. Participants will be remotely supervised through the use of pre-arranged checkpoints. All bronze expeditions take place in the North Wales area.

The school will provide tents, cooking stoves and fuel, rucksacks, waterproofs, maps and transport to and from all expeditions. Participants will be required to bring their own walking boots, sleeping bags and food as well as other essential items. There is a suggested kit list found on our website

The cost of the two expeditions will be £40 each and the license fee is £19.

We look forward to seeing you for our information and enrolment evening on Monday 19th September in the school theatre 7-8pm (students and parents) where we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Yours faithfully
The Bronze Staff
Mr Archer / Mrs Reynolds / Mr Lawson
Further information on 01516397531 or 07789921157

Wallasey Village, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 3LN
T: 0151 639 7531 F: 0151 201 4514
Headteacher: Mr. A. Boyle BSc. (Hons)