Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme News
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is thriving at St Mary’s Catholic High School. It is fantastic that in our school’s second year of running the scheme we have seen a doubling of students taking part in the programme. This week, eleven students have embarked on their three-day Silver practice expedition to the Brighton area. In addition, over the past three weeks, twenty-five students completed their two-day Bronze practice expeditions in the Guildford and Farnham areas.
The aim of the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is to inspire young people to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery by planning, training for and completing an adventurous self-sufficient journey as part of a team.
The expedition section of the award scheme is different for each level. For the Bronze Award students must complete a minimum of 2 days, 1 night; and 6 hours of planned activity each day. For the Silver Award students must complete a minimum of 3 days, 2 nights; and 7 hours of planned activity each day. Students have to complete a closely supervised practice expedition before embarking on the final qualifying expedition later this term.