Duke of Edinburgh Awards Expedition Training
Worthing High School students and parents took part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award walk recently at Cissbury ring on the South Downs.
Worthing High School students and parents took part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award walk recently at Cissbury ring on the South Downs. The sunny day event was an opportunity for our new Bronze award participants to experience expedition training for the first time and for parents/carers to find out what was involved in being a DofE volunteer.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award at Worthing High School is a personal development program aimed at giving the students the opportunities to gain life skills and to have some fun on the way. Over 50 new Year 10 students have signed up this year. Over 30 Year 10 students finished their award last term - having participated in the programme for the whole of year 10.
The Award sees the students taking part in expeditions, learning new skills, being physically active and volunteering. It takes them the whole school year to complete and is a great test of their resilience and helps them to integrate in to the community.
"The Award is very much about the students using their own initiate which is seen by employers as the number 1 employability skill.".
Philip Dean – DofE Coordinator.
Cissbury Ring and the surrounding area of the South Downs is perfect for this type of training and having the ponies there adds another of aspect of the natural environment that the students can learn about. During the walk they did some personal navigation and had the chance to chat to new friends with a few challenges thrown in.
The parent/carer volunteers came a long just to see how the day runs and how they could contribute to the student’s experience. It wasn’t long before they all got stuck into the role with quite a few of them offering to support the rest of the year’s events.
"It was a great event that allowed everyone to get to know about DofE in an informal way." Treena Hobbs - Parent