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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is open to Year 10 and Year 12 students. Enrolment takes place on the first day of term of the academic year. This page provides some background about the award and useful information regarding participation.

Over the years many pupils have been involved with the award at SJHS and they have gained much in terms of commitment, leadership, teamwork, achievement and enjoyment. The International Award is a valuable extra-curricular activity, one that is highly regarded by Universities and Colleges and is a welcome addition to a student’s Curriculum Vitae.

History of the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as a means to encourage and motivate young people of 14 years old and above to become involved in a balanced program of voluntary self-development activities. As the Sir James Henderson School is a British school overseas, we run the ‘International’ version of the award. The award declaration, from the award organisation in the UK, is as follows:

“The award concept is one of individual challenge. The award offers young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it. It is also about providing the opportunity to accept a challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves, trust and service to their community.” As such, Silver/Gold Award in Year 12 ties in with IB CAS Assessment covering many of the areas required. For Year 10 students, Bronze can provide a chance to develop their Creativity, Action, Service Obligations as part of their preparation for the International Baccalaureate.

Structure of the Award

For the first three sections of the award, students complete activities individually, and their progress over three or six months (see the section below) will need to be signed off by a mentor for each section.

Aim: To learn how to give useful service to others.
Examples: Sports leadership, tutoring or mentoring, work in the nursery/library, charity or conservation work.

Aim: To encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills.
Examples: Learning a musical instrument or an extracurricular language, photography, cookery, chess. skills.

Physical Recreation
Aim: To encourage participants in physical recreation and improvement of performance.
Examples: Team or individual sports such as football, basketball, rugby, golf, rowing.

For the fourth section of the award, students train for and complete an Expedition, which consists of journeying and camping over a number of days. Through the year students will attend a weekly after-school club to train for and plan their practice and final expeditions (this training includes a first aid course, which is examined). Year 10 all undertake hiking expeditions, but in Year 12 there will be the option to take hiking or sailing. Dates for the various expeditions will be confirmed in the autumn term. Aim: To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition Dates 2013-2014

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013Como
Saturday 23rd November 2013Lecco (day walk)
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March 2014Finale Ligure
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May 2014Lago Maggiore

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hiking Dates 2013-2014

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013Como
Saturday 23rd November 2013Lecco (day walk)
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March 2014Finale Ligure
Saturday 5th - Tuesday 8th April 2014Lago di Garda

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Sailing Dates 2013-2014

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013Dervio
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March 2014Dervio
Saturday 5th - Tuesday 8th April 2014Portovenere
Friday 6th - Tuesday 10th April 2014Porto Pollo/Portovenere

Participation in the Award

Year 10 students enrolled in the scheme work towards the Bronze Award. Two of the individual activities each require a commitment of three months and one a commitment of six months, and so it is expected that students would complete the Award within the academic year.

Year 12 students enrolled in the scheme work towards the Silver Award. The three individual activities each require a commitment of six months, with an additional six months of one activity for those who have not completed the Bronze Award. The final expedition is longer and, in the case of the hiking expedition, over more difficult terrain.

Students in Year 10 may count parts of their award towards their PE GCSE.

Students in Year 12 generally find that their CAS activities as part of the IB overlap significantly with those that count for the award: finding activities that count for both is absolutely encouraged.

Students also participating in World Challenge may have the opportunity to work towards the award at Gold level. If you would like more information about this, please contact us.

To enroll in the Award

As the award is usually very popular, enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis on the morning of the first day of term. Students must see Miss Mc Aleer immediately on their arrival to school in the main courtyard. There will be a waiting list once places are filled. Students in Year 12 should choose between sailing and hiking at this point, though if places remain for one option, students on the waiting list for the other may be offered the chance to switch.

We ask that you then also sign your son/daughter up for the weekly after-school session which will run on Thursdays.

If you would like more information about the award, please do not hesitate to contact us by email via the addresses given below.

Miss McAleer
Bronze International Award Leader

Mr. Dawson
Silver/Gold Award Leader

Mr. Fullarton
Silver/Gold Award Leader

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