Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Award is all about involving a wide range of young people in challenges in which they can achieve success, leading to development of their confidence and self-esteem. Recent statistics show record-breaking numbers of both young people and volunteers taking part in the Award.
Here at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport we have a dedicated team of volunteers running the Award with nearly 200 pupils taking part in the Award.
Involvement in the scheme requires attendance at weekly meetings held in B7 at 1.00pm or after school. At these meetings skills such as first aid, camp craft, cooking and navigation are taught which prepare the participants for their expeditions.
This is to encourage service to others. The following are examples of services carried out at Newport at all levels are as follows:-
Fire, Police, First Aid, Helping Slow Readers, Riding/Swimming for the disabled. Helping to lead Brownies, Beavers, Cubs and Sunday School. Helping old people, in Hospitals, clearing footpaths, churchyards and ponds. Maintaining DofE equipment and recycling programme.
This to encourage the discovery of personal interests, social and practical skills.
There are over 200 skills to choose from however staff at Newport can assist and assess the following:-
Cooking, Mechanics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Electronics, Computer Programming, Photography, Art, Music, Drama and Environmental.
This is to encourage participation in Physical recreation and improvement of performance.
Many activities are carried out at Newport some examples are as follows:-
Aerobics, Athletics, Hockey, Football, Rugby, Rounders, Swimming, Climbing, Caving, Cycling and many more!
This is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.
The D of E expeditions and expedition training at Newport takes place in 3 different areas as follows:-
- In Derbyshire ( in June) for Silver & Gold
- In Maes-y-lade (South Wales) for Bronze (May Half Term), Silver & Gold Levels, in July. This is 6 day course in an outdoor pursuits centre where other activities such as caving, gorge walking, canoeing, climbing and orienteering are also carried out.
- In Thetford or local area (usually in May) for Bronze level only.
This is to broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting.
The Residential Gold only courses have been run at Newport at places such as:-
Acorn Camp ( National Trust), Cathedral Camps ( looking after fabric/stonemason and woodwork), Canal Camp, British Conservation Volunteers, Sail Training Association, Disabled Holidays and Connexion Camp in the Pyrenees.