It’s time to get off the sofa. At Medina College we have a very active Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme running throughout the year.
The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you’re in year 9 to age 24, you can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey. We know from other participants that the DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for college, university or jobs.
At Medina you can enrol on the Bronze Award in Year 9 and then go on to do Silver into Year 10 and 11. If you decide to go on to Gold then the VI have a very established group with great opportunities to get off the Island for expeditions.
The DofE Manager over the whole federation is Mr. Alistair Bridle and the leaders at Medina are Mr Haynes, Mr Donald, Mrs McCarthy and Mr Hall. Their job is to ensure you are completing activities and providing support, but also to organise and provide the training for the expedition.
There are 4 activities within the Bronze award that you complete over a 3 month period for an hour a week. These are…
- Volunteering – Helping individuals or charities – Examples: Involved in the Plastic Free Schools, litter picking, working in a charity shop, assisting with a sports club at school, youth leading and scout leading.
- Skills – Learning and developing a skill. Examples: a musical instrument, learning to juggle, art and craft to name just some.
- Physical – Developing in a sport, dance or any physical activity.
- Expedition – 2 days and a night (Bronze) Hiking and camping as small team independently. Training is provided over the school year and the final expedition is completed at the end of the summer term.
The cost for the Award is £24.00 but there are grants to assist young people who are experiencing financial hardship, To find out more about the award and how to enrol speak to any of the leaders.
Find out more about doing your DofE, volunteering for us and supporting our Charity here.