Duke of Edinburgh Award Diamond Anniversary
2016 Marked a special year for the DofE awards, celebrating 60 years since the award was started by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956.
The DofE Award has been a passion of HRH Prince Philip since the outset with the belief that education was not just a matter for the classroom, the DofE allows each individual participant to put together their own program; develop new skills; undertake physical activity; undertake volunteer work; and learning to work within a team, be self-reliant and learn the all so enjoyable skills needed to complete an outdoor expedition.
In 2016 this ideology remains unchanged with more people than ever across the globe undertaking the DofE award. An award that has been designed to empower young people to drive their own success offering a focus for their endeavours, the DofE invests in their lives beyond education. In addition to equipping participants with new skills and experiences, the award is highly favoured by employers through the recognition of the efforts and achievements young people must take in order to achieve their awards, efforts that are above and beyond those expected of compulsory education.
As part of this landmark year John Port School’s DofE Coordinators, Miss Guest, Mr Stenhouse and myself were formally invited to attend an special service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the DofE Diamond Anniversary, a service that in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh paid thanks to HRH and the Volunteers whose commitment allow the Award to run and grow. This was an amazing experience and one that all three of us as coordinators will not forget, embedding the significance of this award and the positive impact it has on its participants.
We have been delighted to see the DofE award be successfully set up and grow here at John Port School, since we began the scheme at JPS in 2013 we have seen many students now successfully undertake the DofE Bronze Award alongside their GCSE study during Y10, this we only hope to see grow with each year that passes.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students who have already successfully undertaken the award and to thank all of our current DofE Leaders here at JPS, the scheme could not run without your voluntary time and commitment. If you are reading this as one of our KS3 students, my message to you is this, DofE is a fantastic opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills, begin thinking of the exciting activities you may do as part of your award and ensure you enrol (when it is announced to your year group) to undertake your Bronze Award during your time as a Y10.
Don’t forget to check out the ITV documentary hosted by Phillip Schofield “When Phillip met Prince Phillip: 60 years of the DofE Award” that premiered December 2016.
Mr D Barry for and on behalf of the JPS DofE Award Team