Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Snowden DofE Virtual Hike Challenge
Today the FHS DofE staff took part in a Virtual Hike Challenge. They “hiked” their staircases to the height of Snowdon. Some staff were prepared, others wore inappropriate footwear. Some even needed a map, whilst others enjoyed the view. But overall a lot off effort was put in by all, and many are now enjoying cake. We therefore want to set this challenge, for any FHS student (parents can get involved as well) to hike the height of Snowdon. On the average 15 step staircase that is 475 times and if you have 13 steps it is 548 (1 counts as up and down(as no one stays on top of the mountain)). This does not have to be done all in one go, nor do dirty walking boots need to be worn indoors to take part. The sheet with more informationis below which can help with keeping track of your ascent. Good luck! #DofE #lockdownfitness

For Mr Giggles advice on how to keep going during school closures and social isolation click here

What is the DofE?

·         A life-changing experience.

·         A fun time with friends.

·         An opportunity to discover new interests and talents.

·         A tool to develop essential skills for life and work.

·         A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.

At Fairfield we offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Year 9s and 10s. For 2019/20 both year groups will be taking part in the Bronze Award, with the hope that we will be able to offer Silver to Year 10s from 2020/21 onwards

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level. They involve Volunteering (helping the community/environment) , Physical (becoming fitter), Skill (developing new skills), Expedition (planning, training for and completing an expedition).

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.