DofE Bronze award for Year 9 students

DofE Bronze award for Year 9 students

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition for commitment to a wide range of activities.

The Award is split into four parts; three service elements of the award which students have to complete independently and a camping expedition. The service elements are categorised into 3 areas: Volunteering, Skill and Physical activities; two of these sections need to be completed for 3 months and the other section for six months, it is personal preference.

As part of the Bronze award, students are required to attend a practice and an assessed expedition of two days and one night on the following dates :-

Practice:  Saturday 6th June – Sunday 7th June 2020
Assessed:  Saturday 27th June – Sunday 28th June 2020

Expeditions will take place in the area south of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Parents will need to arrange transport to both expeditions. There will also be a training session every three weeks which all students will be expected to attend. These will usually take place on a Thursday evening from 3.05 - 4.15pm. Further details will follow after enrolment and once students have organised themselves into groups.

The cost of participating in the Bronze award will be £153.00. This will cover the enrolment fee, costs of expedition training, campsite fees, equipment and insurance.

• Initial non-refundable enrolment fee of £22.00 payable by Friday 13th December 2019.
• Second non-refundable payment of £31.00 payable by Friday 17th January 2020.
• Third non-refundable payment of £50.00 payable by Friday 28th February 2020.
• Final balance of £50.00 payable by Friday 27th March 2020.
Once started, should you decide to withdraw your child from this activity any refunds of payments made will be based on the costs that have been committed at the time of withdrawal.

If you have concerns about the timescale for payments and are in receipt of free school meals and/or pupil premium entitlements, please do not hesitate to contact Ms J Zhong, Finance Assistant, in writing in the first instance, and by Friday 6 December, to explore what support might be available. Please note it is important that you request the financial assistance by this due date as it may not be available at a later date.

To be successful on the Duke of Edinburgh Award it is vital that students are motivated to work independently and demonstrate high levels of commitment to their 3 service sections.

Please go to this webpage to find a list of activities frequently chosen by participants doing the award

It is an expectation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bottisham Village College that students show this commitment to earn an offer to participate in the expeditions run by Bottisham staff. Students will be expected to have started a minimum of one 3 month section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award before Friday 24th January 2020.

If you would like your child to participate in this award, we would ask that the enrolment fee be paid and the enrolment form returned to the Finance Office by Friday 13th December 2019.  (Enrollment forms can be picked up outside the Finance Office.) In addition, we are holding an information meeting regarding this award for both students and parents on Tuesday 3rd December 6.00 - 6.30pm in the Evans Auditorium. If your child is interested in taking part and you have any questions or concerns, we strongly recommend that you attend.

Yours sincerely

From your Bronze DofE Leaders, Tom Cartwright, Josh Bailey, Jon Synge, and Ruth Wadsworth

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