The Duke of Edinburgh's 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 proud to offer the award at three levels:

 

Award

St Julian’s School Year

Length of time for each activity

If you pass, when is the the award ceremony?

Skills for Life Award

Year 10

3 months

At the end of Y10

Silver Award

Year 11

6 months

In Year 12 or 13

Gold Award

Year 12 and 13

12 months

Towards the end of Y13

 

Skills for Life:

The Skills for Life Award is an in-house qualification run by St Julian’s School as an equivalent to the “bronze level” award. Participants will develop the skills necessary for the expedition during regular OEP lessons 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 Skills for Life 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 Skills for Life Award, please email Mr Cawson.

 

Silver Award:

 

The Silver Award (Prémio Prata) is run by staff in school but externally assessed and awarded by HRH The Duke of Bragança. 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 Skills for Life Award, a further 6 months of either Skill, Service of Physical activity is 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 Award (Portugal) website

Prémio Infante D'Henrique (in Portuguese) website

 

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.

 

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 Award (Portugal) website

Prémio Infante D'Henrique (in Portuguese) website

 

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.