Duke Of Edinburgh Award At Stockport Academy


At Stockport Academy, we are proud to be delivering the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme this year and for many more to come.

We hope to give our Year 9 students an experience that they will remember for life and the opportunity to learn new skills and work as part of a team.

Our students are volunteering in the Community as part of their award and learning field skills towards undertaking their expedition later in the year, with a lot of fun thrown in. Please check out the blog below that our students are writing to keep a record of all the activities they get up to on their journey to achieving the Award.

As a parent, you can click here for more information. The DofE also offers a resources page and a YouTube channel with lots of helpful advice and tutorials.

All evidence should be added through E-DofE – this can be done through the website but we’d encourage participants to download the app if they have a smart phone as this is the easiest way to add evidence. 

Participants need to add evidence of 1 hour per week for each of the 3 sections (3hrs total). This can be text, photos, video or computer files. 
The more evidence provided, the easier it is for us to approve it. 

At the end of the section they need to ask their chosen assessor to complete an Assessor report. These will be in your Welcome Packs when they arrive.

The assessor report needs to be added just like all other evidence but you should tick the box that says ‘’Mark as assessor report’’. 

All sections and evidence needs to be up to date before the trips/ expeditions or they will not be allowed to attend. 

  • 7th March – First walking day practicing navigation skills 

  • 28th March – 2nd day of training both based around Rivington. 

  • 16th – 17th May – Training expedition (Overnight camp) 

  • 20th – 21st June – Qualifying expedition (Overnight camp) 

All sections must be up to date in order to attend these trips. 

Although the expedition is a long way off, we want to give you an idea and help to plan ahead for the kit that your child will need. Please see a suggested kit list below. 

School will provide Rucksacks, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Maps, Compasses, Stoves & Gas. 

Most of the items, you should already have as they are mainly just clothing. 

You do not have to go out and spend lots of money on expensive gear. Decathlon is a good place to get more affordable items such as Walking Boots. 

1 pair of walking boots 
2 pairs of walking socks 
2-3 t-shirts 
2 fleece tops or similar 
2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans) 
Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc (optional for camp site use) 
Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate) 
1 pair shorts (if appropriate) 
1 pair gloves (if appropriate) 
Waterproof over-trousers (if appropriate) 
Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof) 
Personal Kit 
Rucksack – provided by school 
Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)  
Sleeping bag – provided by school 
Sleeping mat  
Sleeping bag liner 
Torch (handheld or head torch) 
Expedition food Get advice here.
Water bottle – carry 2 litre each. 
Camping plate/bowl/mug 
Wash kit/personal hygiene 

Human Hungry Hippos!

Chris Prince / Categories: DofE

Human Hungry Hippos!

This week with DofE we played Hungry Hippos - which was more challenging than we expected!

We were split off into 3 different teams - red, blue, and yellow. Then we had a practice with people on the skateboards and other people pushing them towards the centre where the paddling pool of coloured balls were. Each team had to get to the middle of the hall and get one of their team's coloured balls, one at a time. We had to do this without falling off the skateboard or without crashing into the paddling pool. If we fell off, crashed, or even touched the floor, we had to go back to the beginning and start again.

In order to win, each team had to work together to collect as many balls of their colour as they could. However, some teams had better tactics than others. Then we did the proper game. At one point, even Mr Molloy and Mr Taylor joined in with the yellow team. The main reason that most people fell off the skateboards was because they leaned too far to the edge and fell forwards off the board. Some people had a tactic of being pushed and then shuffling or twisting so that they could get closer to the paddling pool. It did take a while until people got the hang of the whole game, but it worked in the end. This task encouraged the teams to communicate and work together to support each other to improve our ability in a competitive game in order to improve our results.

Overall, I really enjoyed the hungry hippos week (Friday 8th February 2019) and I would love to do it again. I'm pretty sure that most of the team enjoyed it too, we all had a good laugh and we worked all worked really well as a team. I can't wait to see what exciting challenges are yet to come for me and the rest of us in our DofE team.

By Bethaney Richmond-Griffiths

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