Duke of Edinburgh
RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
During the summer term pupils from Year 9 and 10 have been busy completing their Duke of Edinburgh award. The Duke of Edinburgh award also known as the D of E award was set up to challenge pupils and take them out of their comfort zone. To gain a D of E award pupils must complete 4 sections which are: Develop a skill, improve their physical ability, Volunteer their time and complete a 2 day or 3 day expedition.
For learning a new skill participants get to try something new or further develop their own talents. This year has seen pupils having musical instrument lessons, improving design and make skills in the Product Design club and participate in the many after school clubs such as singing, drama or dance.
With fitness being key to a healthy lifestyle all participants must complete 6 months of physical activity, this has seen pupils doing rugby, football, swimming, dance, gymnastics and gym work for at least 1 hour a week to pass this section, many pupils already are part of a local team or represent the school which helps them achieve this section.
Castleford Academy promotes community spirit and this year pupils have volunteered for at least 1 hour every week to either support their favourite subject, read and mentor younger pupils, coach younger rugby classes and teach dance skills in after school clubs. Mr Gardham Duke of Edinburgh Manager said "I have been very proud of the time and enthusiasm that pupils have put into completing their voluntary section. Learning to support others is a fantastic life skill and it fully fits in with the ethos of the academy."
The highlight for all D of E participants is the expedition section. Bronze pupils completed 2 days of walking with Silver having to do 3 days. This challenging yet memorable section provides so many skills including; teamwork, communication, problem solving, determination, fitness, cooking, navigating and helps develop sense of humour! Kia now in year 11 said "I really enjoyed my Bronze D of E, especially the expedition, so I was really keen to go and challenge myself at Silver. The award has helped me develop my cooking and camping skills as well as making new friends. Having to plan and then navigate a route independently really did stretch my comfort zone. I would recommend anyone who wants to challenge themselves to sign up for the award and speak with Mr Gardham or Miss Baxby"
Certificates and badges will be awarded to pupils who completed the award last year at the end of September once all their reports are handed in. D of E for this current school year will be launched at the end of September to Years 9 and 10 along with any Post 16 pupils at the academy who are interested.