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Duke of Edinburgh's Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold

The DofE at Furze Platt provides a balanced programme of activities that develop the whole person in an environment of social interaction and team working.

We offer opportunities for students to gain their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, full details of each level can be found in the packs attached at the bottom of this page.  

 

Application form              https://forms.gle/LQbuq8oihDYRFZYx5

Medical form                     https://forms.gle/Y3vjn5YdSt6xU69GA

 

Important Dates:

DofE Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 17th September, Main Hall, 6pm. Confirm attendance on Wise Pay.

BXM Expeditions meeting for parents - Tuesday 3rd December, 6pm, in the Main Hall at Furze Platt Senior School. Attendance is mandatory. 

BXM Expeditions one day training for Bronze, Silver & Gold participants - Thursday 19th March 2020 at Furze Platt Senior School.

 

Expedition Dates - students must be available to attend

Bronze

Practice- Fri 12 &  Sat 13 June 2020

Assessment- Fri 3 & Sat 4 July 2020

Silver

Practice- Tues 14- Thurs 16 April 2020

Assessment- 25- 27 May 2020

Gold

Practice- 14- 18 April 2020

Assessment- 25- 29 May 2020

 

Section Deadlines

3 months - Mon 24th Feb 2020

6 months - Mon 1st June 2020

12 months - November 2020

18 months - May 2021

 

To enrol

Applicants need to fill out the application and medical forms below, along with their deposits to be enrolled onto the programme:

Application form              https://forms.gle/LQbuq8oihDYRFZYx5

Medical form                     https://forms.gle/Y3vjn5YdSt6xU69GA

 

Please click here for some ideas to help you complete each section. We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities at Furze Platt Senior School which can help you to fulfil each section, here is the link to our list of clubs.  Activities you do outside of school could also count towards the different sections. Choose activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.  We expect all participants to abide by the DofE 20 Conditions during their expedition section. 

Bronze DofE Award

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over three months, and one over six months. Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the Award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part. A suggested activities sheet is attached.  Please click here for the Bronze Assessor's report.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager Miss Carty to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

The cost of registering for Bronze is £200* (includes £21 administration fee), tents and stoves are provided.  *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.  Deposit £75, final balance to be paid by Friday 13th December.

 

Silver DofE Award

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over 6 months, and one over 3 months.

If your child did not complete their Bronze Award, they are required to do an extra 6 months either volunteering, or whichever of the Physical or Skills section they did for 6 months. To summarise, if they have not done Bronze, they will do one section for 12 months, another for 6 months and the remaining one for 3 months. Please click here for the Silver Assessor's report.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager Miss Carty to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £300* (includes £21 administration fee). Tents and stoves are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.  Deposit £105, final balance to be paid by Friday 13th December.

 

Gold DofE Award

Timescales

The sections must be undertaken once a week. They must spend 12 months on the Volunteering section. For the Physical and Skills section, they must spend 12 months on one and 6 months on the other. If your child did not do their Silver Award, they are required to do a further 6 months on either of the activities they did for 12 months.

To summarise, if they have not done Silver, they will do one section for 18 months, another for 12 months and the remaining one for 6 months.  Please click here for the Gold Assessor's report.  Deposit £170, final balance to be paid by Friday 13th December.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager Miss Carty to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £450*  (includes £28 administration fee). Tents and stoves are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.  

 

Our Young Leaders

 Paul Barnes (Year 12) is our Young DofE Leader and is undertaking his Leadership Development Programme.  His training means he can support other students with any expedition queries.

Rose Cooper (Year 12) is DofE Ambassador for Furze Platt Senior School. She can advise students on any aspect of their award.

 

Harry Healey (Year 10) can advise students on any aspect of their Award including kit, food and general enquiries.

 

Students are encouraged to approach Harry, Rose or Paul who have undertaken many expeditions themselves and are currently working towards their Silver/Gold Awards.

Further information

You can find useful information on the DofE website or on the edofe website, or here: https://www.youtube.com/user/theDofEUK.

You can also contact Furze Platt’s DofE Manager, Miss Carty at dofe@furzeplatt.net

In conjunction with BXM: https://www.bxmexpeditions.co.uk/

Please click here for a kit list from BXM Expeditions and here for some further advice on what to take (clothing, kit and food) from RBWM

We would recommend precautionary measures against possible insect bites / Lyme disease such as DEET use, wearing full leg covers, clothing tucked into socks, tents zipped up.  For more information please look online.

 

Links to funding opportunities

If you need financial assistance we encourage participants to apply to the foundations below.

https://www.smrfmaidenhead.org.uk

http://www.cookham.com/cookhamnow/clubssocieties/welfaretrust/welfaretrust.htm

http://www.linkfoundation.co.uk

Promotional videos

 

Bronze:

For students      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8GG468LeJI

Parents                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_jMnMqeo7s&t=3s

Silver:

Students              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqt1JmYX0yE

Parents                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq5LSX1Eshc

Gold:

Students              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q86Sa6DVwwA

Parents                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_W2_qKtgGk

 

 

Bronze Expedition - A Poem by S Doyle, Year 10

'Day One

As I walk on this journey with my four friends

We make mistakes and come across dead ends

But we learn to motivate and support each other until we finish the first leg

We see bluebells and forget me nots and buttercups on end

 

We walk with passion and strive with grace

Just to get through the first day

Our last leg of the day, we walk a long way

Just to get to the height of the hill and admire the environment

As we slap the bugs in our way

 

We walked out of the camp site and down the admiring road

Thinking about what I think I should do with my life

And the people I’m working with, I’m getting to know

 

Day Two

As I walk on this journey with my four friends

I think about my life and appreciate the views around us

 

I’m happy I succeeded and I’m proud of my work

Especially all of my friends

They did their best and are more confident in themselves

That’s all I could wish for them

 

I’m hoping to do Silver and I’m excited for the journey ahead

I have more aims and goals to do well and finish

And I wish all my friends the best'

 

Images taken from one of our Gold Practice Expeditions, Brecon Beacons, Wales, October 2018