Duke of Edinburgh - The Brunts Academy

Duke of Edinburgh

Year 9 students are currently in the midst of completing their Bronze DofE award. Students have to complete 4 elements (3 months in each plus an extra 3 months in one of the elements):

· Skill

· Volunteering

· Physical

· Expedition

The students have been training for their qualifying expedition since last year. They have all attended sessions after school developing the skills needed to ensure they can plan and complete a 2 day expedition whilst being self-sufficient. St John’s Ambulance delivered a first aid course covering everything from first aid kit content to treatment of common DofE injuries including blisters, sprains and burns to name a few! Students have also had the opportunity to practice cooking on a trangia, erecting a tent, map reading and using eDofE mapping software.

The students undertook a training walk at Blidworth Bottoms in January before completing their practice expedition last half term. The students planned their routes starting from Creswell Crags, camping at Blakeley Lane campsite and finishing at Clumber Park. They navigated the 27km route with just a few minor detours! The qualifying expedition is set to take place on 29th-30th June.

Well done & good luck for your qualifying expedition. I look forward to presenting your certificates on completion of the award.

Through participation in DofE all of the students have developed a wide range of skills; they have definitely had to demonstrate each and every one of the Brunt’s core values in abundance. With an increasing demand for employees with a demonstrable social conscience, participation in the DofE award will most certainly help set our students apart from the crowds.

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