New Partnership Helping to Unlock Pupil Potential at St John’s College
St John’s College and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) are entering into a new partnership. The DofE is the nationally and internationally recognised Award favoured by employers and universities alike. The partnership aims to build confidence, dedication and commitment, attributes which are highly valued at St John’s.
The partnership already has 81 pupils across R14 and R15 working towards their Bronze DofE Awards, which reflects a staggering 76% of the year groups. These pupils will undertake their 2-day qualifying expedition later this month in the Vale of Glamorgan and will be expected to navigate, cook, camp and cooperate as a team for two days as part of the qualifying assessment. 30 pupils across R16 and the Sixth Form are also currently working towards their Silver and Gold Awards respectively.
The Award is being coordinated by Miss Thomas and supported by Mr Pavey and Mr Evans with the full backing and cooperation of St John’s College staff. Miss Thomas, a DofE Gold Award holder herself, said, “Doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps you to develop skills for life, meet new people and gain recognition for doing things you want to do.”
To complete a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, young people volunteer in their communities, learn a skill, get fit and plan and undertake an expedition, fulfilling 6 to 18 months of challenging activity. Through this sustained, meaningful activity, young people develop key life and employability skills, such as self-management, problem-solving, team working, communication and confidence.
Speaking about the new partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Headmaster Mr Moody said, “This is an exciting time at St John’s College. There is a real appetite for the Award, from pupils, parents and staff alike. We have a bold ambition to ensure that every young person who wants to do their DofE can take part and we hope to see more pupils taking part over the coming years.”
22 June 2018