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Our Lady’s Catholic College

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Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

Our Lady's have been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for 3 years and it has been a huge success with the students and the staff involved.  Mr Martin, Assistant Subject Leader for PE, has led the programme during this time and has a number of willing volunteers in the school staff who give up their free time to prepare the students and accompany the groups on their expeditions.

The scheme is quite a commitment for the young people who sign up for it (in both time and effort) but what they get out of it is worth the work tenfold, attached below are two presentations from students which demonstrate how much they gain from the experience as well as how much fun they have! Also attached is a presentation for parents giving futher details with regard to Our Lady's scheme, along with the official Duke of Edinburgh expedition guide.

The core content for the expedition part of the course is as follows:

  • First Aid
  • Awareness of risk, health and safety
  • Navigation and route planning
  • Preparatory map skills
  • Make route plans for trips
  • Practical map skills
  • Camp craft, equipment and hygiene
  • Food and cooking
  • Observation, recording and presentations

These are taught in after school sessions.

For students undertaking the course we have attached below some useful content; programme ideas for each section of the award, replacement assessor pages and the expedition dates for 2015/16.

If you click on 'Also in this Section' above there is a photograph section containing pictures from various expeditions since 2013/14 and some news regarding recent D of E experiences.