Sandy Secondary School
Do your Duke of Edinburgh Award at Sandy Secondary School, 2022
In the last half term we have had many students in year 10 and 11 complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. These are students who due to COVID restrictions were not able to complete their awards within the usual time frame. They did however manage to complete their expedition section last June, which has paved the way and encouraged a new cohort of 37 students in year 9 to participate in the Bronze award this year.
This new cohort is due to complete this July with a final assessed expedition of 2 days and 1 night walking a route they will have planned themselves. This expedition will be self-sufficient with the participants carrying all their own equipment and food for the duration and demonstrating team working skills through map reading, navigation and planned activity based on the teams aim.
This next half term sees 6 students in years 12 and 13 who will be beginning their own practice expedition with their final assessed expedition in August. These students will be participating in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, with their expedition taking place over 4 days and 3 nights in wild country. This year's Gold award students will be travelling to the Yorkshire Dales for both their self-sufficient walking expeditions.
Along with the expedition section of the award all Duke of Edinburgh participants complete three other sections (four in Gold level), these sections are physical, skills and volunteering (and residential). Participants must undertake 1 hour a week of each activity for a determined length of time. The award is aimed at giving participants the opportunity to try new things, developing various skills and life experiences.
If you would like to know more information about the award, please see the attached presentation or follow this link to the Duke of Edinburgh Webpage.