The opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award is available at Marden High School. This is run by a voluntary award group who use the school premises on a Wednesday evening from 7-8.30pm . The staff are all volunteers and come from a variety of backgrounds. All are experienced leaders with a variety of skills, and all are CRB cleared. Indeed a number have themselves achieved the D of E Gold Award.
The group supports all aspects of the Award and organises a number of weekends away camping each year as part of the Expedition section of the Award (this year we are running 7 weekends). The costs are kept as low as possible to allow all to take part (for those who may have difficulty raising funds, grants are available) and most equipment can be borrowed from us at no extra cost.
At present over 100 young people are taking part in the Award with us, many of whom are current or former pupils of Marden High School, (membership of the scheme does not end when you leave the school), and many of them are progressing to, or have completed, their Gold Award. There is no necessity to be a Marden pupil to take part with us and we presently have a number of participants from schools all over North Tyneside. The aim with everyone concerned is that all have the opportunity, should they wish, to progress to achieve their Gold Award.
So what do you do to get your Duke of Edinburgh Award?
You can only start when you are aged 14 at Bronze. After that it is 15 for Silver and 16 for Gold.
There are 3 levels of the Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve each level you have to complete 4 sections (5 for Gold).
Volunteering – undertaking service to others or the community
Physical – improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
Skills – developing practical and social skills and personal interest
Expedition – planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey
For Gold you have to undertake an extra section which is the completion of a Residential activity which entails a week away from home.
Timescales for completion:
Bronze: 3-6 months – You need to do one of your 3 sections for 6 months the others for 3
Silver: 6-12 months – You have to do either your Physical or Skill for 6 months and your Volunteering for 6 months
Gold: 12-18 months – You need to do either the Physical or Skills for 12 months and the other for 6, and also the Volunteering for 12 months
These are the minimum time scales and will be varied if you decide to miss out a level, the aim is to finish but how long you take is up to you, as long as you finish before you are 25.
For further information go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Web site.
To contact the Marden Duke of Edinburgh Award Group please call Alan Rudd on 0191 2590963. This number is available in the evenings