135 Year 10 Bronze participants went on their assessed expeditions in September. The first weekend of the Bronze assessed expedition went ahead in temperatures of 33 degrees and, even in this heat, all the students showed great resilience and they all passed! The second Bronze assessed expedition team had quite a few different weather situations, from hot weather to torrential rain and again students showed great determination and team work and they all passed their expedition…
Three Teams of Year 12 Silver participants also took part in their DofE Expedition earlier in the year. They too had to deal with unseasonably hot weather; all participants had a challenging, but great expedition and they all passed.
37 Bronze and Silver DofE participants have worked really hard and have passed their Award, they were presented their DofE Certificate and Badge from Dr Fitter, the students are:
Mohammad Jaffer Andagi
Lewis Hanna Ben Wigmore
If you were unable to receive your certificate on Wednesday, please collect it from the Reception.
An ex St Bart’s DofE student completed her Gold Award and went to Buckingham Palace to collect the award, here’s her account…
“Over the last five years I have completed my Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. It all started in Year 9 when we were all encouraged to sign up for Bronze and I thought I would give it a go. Signing up was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I have had some of the best experiences over the last five years thanks to DofE.
I did my Bronze expedition on a really hot July weekend during the World Cup. Having done my Bronze expedition I signed up for Ten Tors where I walked over 35 miles across Dartmoor. This needed training for beforehand and the training contributed to my Silver DofE. Having completed my Bronze and Silver, I wanted to see how much further I could go, so I had the paperwork all sorted out before we went into lockdown, which meant I could start working towards my Gold award as soon as I was 16.
Doing my Gold during the pandemic meant I had to be creative about the activities I did, which included a lot of walking. I already enjoyed walking a lot but through doing my Gold DofE I walked at least 30km every week, which meant that when I did my expedition I was well prepared and could enjoy the experience.
I volunteered as a gymnastics coach, passing on experience from over a decade of my own training. I also volunteered as an NCO in CCF during my A Levels because I enjoyed being a cadet so much I wanted to ensure the next students had just as good an experience as I did. Another section of the Gold Award is a residential. I spent a week in Snowdonia rock climbing with cadets. This reignited my love of climbing, which I have carried through into my first year of university, and I am now part of my university climbing society with a role next year to teach others to climb.
All of this culminated in me being invited to Buckingham Palace for a garden party to celebrate achieving my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Completing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards was a life changing experience that has given me the motivation to get involved in so many opportunities and I can’t wait to see where the future may take me.”
New Year 9 DofE Participants
After the Year 9 DofE assembly at the end of the month, all parents/carers will receive an email with the DofE enrolment letter, joining instructions and costs.