The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme challenges young people aged 14 to 25 throughout the world to serve others, acquire new skills, experience adventure and make new friends.
Each award should add purpose and pleasure to a young person’s life. Their achievements are widely recognised in education and employment. Students may enter at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, starting from year 10 students can continue with the scheme through year 11 and into Sixth Forms with the school. As well as the time devoted to the scheme in the curriculum, participants must also complete many elements in their own time. Commitment is vital.
We have now started doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme within Friesland and at the moment have 12 students from year 10 who are participating on the Bronze level. To get the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme up and running at Friesland, we have received £500 from Friesland PTA but we still need to fundraise to buy expedition equipment, tents, stoves, rucksacks etc. to make the award scheme a success at the school we are really keen for future students to get involved to gain new life skills which include helping in the community, commitment skills and leadership skills.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and to commemorate this Mr Stanley (DofE Gold Award holder) will be doing a sponsored walk – you may remember him as at Christmas he’ Walked Home for Christmas’ a distance of 244 miles in 9 days from London to Nottingham and raised £1800 for the charity Walking With The Wounded.
This time, he will walk 60 miles in a circular route NON-STOP, leaving school at 2.50pm on Thursday 24th March as we break up for the Easter Holidays. He has estimated that it will take him around 20 to 28 hours to complete and will finish at the school in the later hours of 25th March – Good Friday. We will be running a competition before the event where the students of Friesland can try and guess how long in hours and minutes it will take Mr Stanley to complete the walk, this will cost £2 a guess and the closest winner will win £100.
Please could you sponsor him in his challenging 60 mile fundraising walk so the school can continue to run the award scheme and become an outstanding centre for more students to join in the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Friesland into the future, the more we can raise the more students can participate on the Award scheme.