The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

(Prémio Infante D. Henrique)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (Prémio Infante D’Henrique, in Portugal) is a highly sought after and internationally recognised qualification. It can be used on university applications and when writing a personal statement to show that a person has determination and can accept and overcome great challenges. Academic success is important, but it is also vital that students can demonstrate a well-rounded character and the “DofE Award” does exactly that!
St. Julian´s School is very proud to be the first School in Portugal to start delivering the award since 1992 and we have guided hundreds of students successfully through the levels since.
St Julian’s school is proud to offer the award at three levels:

 

Level

Minimum Period

 

 

Direct Entrant

Level holders

Minimum Ages

BRONZE

6 Months

Not applicable

14 years old

SILVER

12 months

6 months
if Bronze holder

15 years old

GOLD

18 months

12 months
if Silver holder

16 years old

 

 

Minimum scale for each level by section

 

Skills

Service

Physical Recreation

More

BRONZE

3 months

3 months

3 months

+ 3 Months in one section of your choice

SILVER

6 months

6 months

6 months

+ 6 Months in one section of your choice,
except if Bronze Holder

GOLD

12 months

12 months

12 months

+ 6 Months in one section of your choice,
except if Silver Holder

 

Bronze Level:

The Bronze level is delivered in-house by St Julian’s School staff through our OEP lessons on a Monday afternoon. Participants will develop the skills necessary for the expedition and by May, must be ready for a two-day, one-night Expedition in the Sintra Hills. They must also complete a personal programme of activities in these three sections:

  • Service (voluntary work helping within the school community or in your local community)
  • Physical Activity (playing a given sport or fitness activity at least once a week for three months)
  • Skills (for example, playing a musical instrument, learning a language or developing a new skill such as cookery or photography).

The Bronze Award requires a long-term commitment of three months for each activity but it typically takes at least 6 months to complete the programme because participants are unlikely to do the Service, Physical and Skill section all at the same time. Although it is possible to do all three concurrently, we advise that participants plan their time to stagger the activities throughout the school year.
If you have any questions about the Bronze Award, please email Mr Cawson.

Silver Award:

The Silver Award (Prémio Prata) is run by staff in school but externally assessed and awarded by The Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Participants must spend six months completing a personal programme of activities in three sections plus the expedition:

  • Service - voluntary work with a registered charity in your local community. This is often difficult to obtain so a lot of planning is required. Physical Activity - playing a given sport at least once a week for six months
  • Skills - for example, playing a musical instrument or developing a new skill such as public speaking (MUN).
  • A three-day, two-night Expedition canoeing down the Zêzere river in central Portugal. A training period is also required and takes place directly before the expedition (The expedition runs in June of Year 11, once the GCSE exams are over).

It usually takes the full school year to complete the Silver Award and so is a long-term commitment. Participants must plan their time carefully and it is a good idea to stagger some of the activities throughout the year. Completing the Award and keeping up with the final year of GCSEs is tough - this is the reason why the Silver Award is seen as a good qualification to attain.
Note, if a participant has not done the Bronze Award, a total of 12 months must be dedicated to Skill, Service and Physical activity as a requirement. If you have any questions about the Silver Award, please ask Mr Cawson. You can find more information about the Award at the following websites:
Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Portugal) website http://www.premio-idh.com/


Gold Award:

The Gold Award (Prémio Ouro) is a long-term commitment where participants must spend twelve months completing a personal programme of activities in three sections plus an expedition and residential trip:

  • Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment.
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new.
  • Expedition - a four-day, three-night expedition in the Gredos mountains near Madrid in Spain. This is organised by the school and usually takes place in Year 12.
  • Residential - staying and working away from home as part of a team for a minimum of 5 days. A common experience we have organised has been on Santa Maria Manuela Tall ship.

Note, if a participant has not done the Silver Award, a further 6 months of either Skill, Service of Physical activity is a requirement. The Gold Award is an extremely well recognised and highly regarded qualification. The reason for this is because it is tough to achieve, particularly as participants will also be undertaking the IB diploma programme at the same time. The good news is that the CAS IB programme works in conjunction with the Award. So what experiences the students do in CAS also count for Award. As the voluntary, physical and skills sections must run for 12 months, participants will need time in both Year 12 and 13 to complete the Award. The Gold Award is supported by staff in school but is externally assessed and awarded by HRH The Duke of Bragança. More information can be found here:

Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Portugal) website http://www.premio-idh.com/

 

Skills for the Future

 

We all know that feeling when exam results are due - and many feel that they are make or break but exam results need not define a young person's future. Focused around employability and skills for the future, the Foundation's Communications team has developed a film and supporting social media content which show that some top business people and entrepreneurs around the world think exam results alone aren't enough to secure a bright future-soft skills or universal skills learnt through non-formal education and learning, such as resilience, confidence and communication, are considered just as important when recruiting staff.”

Click below for a link to the new ‘Skills for the Future’ video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDAG58QXRdM&feature=youtu.be

If you have any questions about the Gold Award, please email Ms Small.

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.