Duke of Edinburgh Award
The School will once again be offering to Year 9 Pupils the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme was recently voted by the United Learning Trust, a consortium of major employers, as the extra-curricular award that they see as most important for potential applicants to have attained at school. The course will run throughout Year 9 and will culminate in a one night/two day expedition next July. The requirements for the course are self-motivation and determination from the participants, with the school used purely to facilitate and ensure that the requirements of the course are met.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised award that shows commitment to these four activities (the first three require a commitment of 1 hour a week for a minimum of three months each):
1. Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
2. Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
3. Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
4. Expedition: planning, training for, and completing an adventurous journey in the UK
Drop Everything and Read
The idea is that at a set time every day for a week everyone stops what he or she is doing and reads for fifteen to twenty minutes. It is a shared experience and gets people talking about books and reading while conveying a strong message that the
school believes in reading. Students read, principals read, teachers in the staffroom read, phones are taken off the hook and secretaries read, the caretaker reads and visitors to the school are offered books or magazines to look through.
Why Reading for Pleasure is important:
All time spent reading is practice. The more time a student spends practicing reading the better they become;
- Improved literacy helps students in all subject areas;
- Improved literacy can impact positively on behaviour;
- Students who have good literacy levels are less likely to drop out of school;
- Reading is a hobby for life; benefiting a student far beyond their classroom and their school days;
- Becoming a proficient reader raises a student’s self-esteem;
- Books and stories help adolescents grow up. In stories students learn about the world around them and have experiences beyond their own worlds.
Teenage fiction deals with the real-life issues facing students.