In 2018, students in Years 10 and 12 will embark on a variety of personal challenges for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Gold expeditions.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award offers young people between the ages of 14 and 24 years old the opportunity to go on an unforgettable journey over the course of their teenage years and into early adulthood. Many young people find achieving a D of E Award life-changing; some do the full set of awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold, pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university and job applications.
At every level, the D of E Award offers the chance to develop through volunteering, physical challenges, skills, expedition and, for Gold only, a Residential. For physical challenges, students might choose to improve their football, rock climbing or dance skills, or try a completely new sport, and it can be done in a team or individually. D of E is about setting personal challenges and being the very best you can be. Skills acquired might involve playing a musical instrument or learning how to design a website. By developing practical and social skills, and nurturing personal interests and talents, our students boost their self-esteem.
Lead Teacher for Duke of Edinburgh Award at Nobel International School Algarve, Matthew Harris, says: “We initially set up the award scheme at Nobel in 2015 and since then 29 students have participated. In the last two years 23 students have achieved their Bronze award, and we are excited about taking a group of nine Year 12 students on practice expeditions to Monchique Serra in March and to Snowdonia in Wales in April, and for their final expedition in June, in the Lake District, England. On these practice expeditions, the students will practice map reading, navigation skills, camp craft, survival and team building skills. Year 10 students on the Bronze award will be doing a practice expedition in the Monchique Hills and then going up north for their assessment. For many it will be their first experience under canvas and we are hoping it will be the start of an amazing journey and adventure.”
Planned expeditions this year include:
Bronze – 10th March – 11th March, and 19th -20th May
Gold – 2nd March – 4th March, Monchique Serra, Algarve
7th April – 11th April – Snowdonia, Wales
27th June – 2nd July – Lake District, England