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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

What is The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?

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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award recognises that a balanced education neither begins nor ends in the classroom and that much is to be gained by providing individual student challenge in areas such as: sporting activities, skills and community service. The Award seeks to counterbalance and complement the rigorous academic disciplines during the last years of secondary school.

It is an internationally recognised programme was developed in the UK.  It contains four areas, known as Sections: Skills, Physical Recreation, Service and Adventurous Journey.  At Gold level only there is an additional requirement of a Residential Project.

It provides a healthy balance to the rigours of the academic curriculum by encouraging students to:

  • participate in sporting activities
  • learn new skills
  • be involved with work which will benefit others
  • develop a sense of responsibility and commitment
  • become more self confident

Completing part or all of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award will help when applying to universities, other schools and for jobs.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Name in  The Award

What it means

Skill

Non sporting activity – art, languages, music etc

Physical Recreation

Sporting activities – swimming, tennis etc

Adventurous Journey

You will be trained for, then plan and carry out a  team journey in an unfamiliar environment in which your group will be self sufficient

Service

Activities that are of genuine benefit to others in the community

 

How much time will it take?

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People: This is divided into 3 levels, each level having different time requirements. For each Section you are expected to show a regular commitment over a period of time.

 

BRONZE LEVEL:

Physical Recreation

Skills

Service

Adventurous Journey

3 months

3 months

3 months

2 days + 1 night

plus an additional 3 months in one Section of choice

 

 

SILVER LEVEL:

Physical Recreation

Skills

Service

Adventurous Journey

6 months

6 months

6 months

3 days + 2 nights

plus an additional 6 months in one Section of choice if the participant does not already hold the Bronze Award

 

 

GOLD LEVEL:

Physical Recreation

Skills

Service

Adventurous Journey

12 months

12 months

12 months

4 days + 3 nights

plus an additional 6 months in one Section of choice if the participant does not already hold the Bronze Award

 

plus an additional requirement of a  5 day / 4 night Residential Project for all participants

 

The Award requires regular participation over the time period.  As a rule of thumb  this usually means a minimum of 1 hour per week on each of the Sections, as well as undertaking an Adventurous Journey at the appropriate level. For Bronze it is 1 term, for Silver it is 2 terms and Gold it is 3 terms – see above.

 

What are you expected to do?

1.    Decide on which main activities you intend to follow for each of the Sections.

2.    Make arrangements to pursue your activities. If they are ‘in school’ activities, this is not a problem, but for the out of school ones you may need to make contact with a club, sports centre, a responsible adult or similar.

3.    Pursue your activities, trying to balance your time so that you devote at least one hour per week to each.

4.    Every week make sure your coach signs and dates the relevant activity form.

5.    At the end of the period for each activity complete the self-evaluation section on the activity form indicating how you feel you have progressed.

6.    At the end of the activity period the coach you will need to complete Activity Coaches report. This will be in your International Award Record Book.

7.    Take part in your well planned self- sufficient team journey in an unfamiliar environment.

8.    When all Sections are completed, stand back and receive the well-deserved accolades.

There is an administration cost of 150 rmb that each student has to pay when they start the scheme. There is also a charge for the main Adventurous Journey expeditions that are organised by the school and outside outward bound travel companies like Insight Adventure. There is 1 of these for each level of the award.

For more information about the scheme you can look at the following web site - www.intaward.org  or email Nick Bourne at nick.bourne@britishschool.org.cn

Mr Nick Bourne

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Coordinator

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