21/5/20 - Message below Groupcalled to all the Bronze Students:
How are you all? Hope that you are coping ok during lockdown and managing to enjoy this lovely weather that we are having?
Good news. Although information about the DofE expeditions is not clear at the moment - if you complete all THREE sections (Voluntary, Physical and Skill) before 31st December 2020, you will receive an accreditation certificate from DofE recognising your award. If you want to move onto Silver DofE, this is still possible without having done your expedition at Bronze level - more information to follow.
I would encourage you all to keep going with your activities - asking me to approve your planners if you haven't already, BUT please do keep your activity log up to date. YOUR PARENTS can sign the activity log, BUT CANNOT be your assessor - please use your tutor and teachers at school if you are not sure.
If you want to find out more, please check out: www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/achievement-for-all
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want any more help or guidance on what you can or cannot do. The most important thing I would say is to concentrate on finishing your activities, then when we know more about the expeditions we can give you more information on that.
Bye for now - keep up the good work and look forward to hearing from you in due course. Great to see what you are uploading onto eDofE - well done.
Mrs Wood - DofE Manager
13/5/20 - Emphasising to the students to just tick along with their DofE activities if they can.
6/5/20 - Groupcall Messages sent out to Parents of all students doing DofE at The Warriner School. Please email me if you haven't receive it: email@example.com
5/5/20 -Here are some activities that students have been doing during lockdown.
4/5/20 - Well done everyone for keeping engaged and enthusiastic about your DofE Award.
https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/ - check out ideas on here to replace your original activities on eDofE. Lots of excellent ideas to use.
Some great photos are being uploaded onto eDofE and some nice ones being sent to go on this page at the end of the week. Please keep emailing me photos - great for people to see what you are doing about your activities during lockdown. Just a few points that are coming out from emails and SMH:
- PARENTS Cannot be your assessor. If you do not know who to put, please put your tutor down and I will let them know what they have to do in due course. However, your parents can sign your activity log.
- I suggest that if you are doing your voluntary section for youth groups: Girlguiding, Scouts, Boys Brigade, Sports Leaders, Dance Leaders etc, that you spend at least 1 hour per week working on a resource booklet for the group when they return. For example, you could research games, activities, readings, quotes, illustrations. That way you can record your 1 hour per week towards your group you are volunteering with. It will be interesting to do, either by computer, or in pen/paper. If you are volunteering for elderly people, neighbours, that is fine or ringing up people. Please make sure that it is not all for your family members - elderly grandparents away from you can count for part of the 1 hour, but we are looking at this to benefit the community/charity. Litterpicking is an excellent volunteering activity and this can benefit from you being out of doors at the same time!
- You can change your activity during lockdown and although you can check with me that the activity is right to do, you don't have to change it on eDofE
- PLEASE continue to write everything on your activity log, or even document on a sheet of paper, or a diary note on the computer - this will all help to evidence what you have done
- As per SMH instructions, please email me photos to put on the school website/facebook page of your activities that you are doing during lockdown - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please continue to do some sort of physical exercise, in order to prepare you for your expedition
- Keep up the work everyone - well done. Take care, stay safe and keep smiling!
30/4/20 - DofE witha Difference: https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/
- Some lovely ideas are coming through on eDofE - thank you for uploading your photos
- Check out the above website to give you some ideas if you are stuck during lockdown
- Please remember that your parents CANNOT be your assessor, BUT they CAN sign your Activity Log showing what you are doing for your 1 hour per week
- No need to amend your planners on eDofE
28/4/20 - Encouraging Students to Engage in DofE during lockdown
Setting tasks for DofE students on Show my Homework and encouraging them to continue to fill in their activity log on a weekly basis. A lot of what the students will be doing during lockdown will be able to count for their DofE activities. Have set Bronze and Silver a challenge to gain house points - check out SMH to find out more!
Remember to keep doing your daily exercise to be physically fit for when the expeditions take place - no details as of yet, but will keep you informed as and when we know more.
Keep positive and just keep ticking over with your DofE award - if you need any help or support, message me on eDofE, or can't get onto eDofE, please email me: email@example.com
Keep smiling and let's hope the fine weather returns for us all soon :-)
15/4/20 - Ideas for Change of Activities due to Covid-19
All students are able to continue their DofE journey - it will just require a bit of thinking outside of the box! Check out the following link - https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference
Staff will be having to find new activities to do whilst the school is closed, as well as continuing to enthuse and encourage the students to continue with their school work and DofE - please check out Show My Homework (SMH), as that is the way that I am communicating with the DofE students. Please remember to document what you do - can be 1 x 1 hour, 2 x 30 mins, or even 3 x 20 mins. Your parents can sign your activity log, but please leave your original assessor to assess you at the end of your activity. (Family members cannot assess your activities)
For example - the activities that I could use for my DofE journey are as follows:
Voluntary - supporting my village group and baking cakes for the NHS workers to be delivered by the group and making phone calls to check on elderly people/neighbours. (If you were planning to help with a youth group, you could prepare a resource booklet, including games, activities, readings, with pictures - this could be done on the computer or by pen/paper and will be very useful for the group to use when we return to normal).
Physical - doing PE with Joe Wicks every day, doing a walk, or fitness in the garden - lots of workouts on YouTube to follow. Please remember that any exercise will prepare you well for your expedition when we return to school.
Skill - I have started my knitting and cross stitch again. I am also reading books that have been sat on the bookshelf for a long time! We are also cooking recipes using the food that we have in our cupboard - a bit like Ready Steady Cook! (You could learn a language/sign language, learn how to play the guitar, or learn how to do some gardening! Check out the [/schoolclosureactivities]School Closure Activity section on the school website for other ideas)
Please do email me if you have a problem with an activity to choose: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most importantly of all - you can all use this extra time wisely for your DofE and so when we return to school, you will just need to prepare for your expedition section. Remember also, that there are a huge amount of young people who are in exactly the same situation as you - the staff are very keen to continue to support you even though you are not at school.
2/4/20 - Message sent to students via eDofE
Well done for anything that you have done for your DofE. Please note, you do not have to change activity on eDofE and ask me to approve it. Just please make sure that it is a Voluntary, Physical or Skill activity. Please message me if you are not sure. You must keep recording on your activity log - continuing the one that you have already started. one activity log per section.
Your parents cannot be your assessor, but they can sign your activity log.
When you have finished the required time, your assessor will see your activity log with your detailed activities on and sign your report.
Please message me if you do not understand or email me on: email@example.com
27/3/20 - Email sent to parents of students on B, S & G
Well, we have almost come to the end of our first week in isolation, keeping social distancing in mind at all times! It is difficult for us all, but we are trying to keep positive and keep you motivated through this difficult time.
Last Friday, I sent out an email via Groupcall, but have since had several students message me to ask what to do now they can't get to their activities. Please can you make sure that you forward this email to the students and say that I am also keeping the Enrichment/Duke of Edinburgh page on the website up to date with everything that I am emailing out. I am also sending the students messages via eDofE, so they need to access this on a weekly basis to read what I am saying, if they can. I can see that a number of students haven't accessed eDofE yet. Please could you encourage them to look at it perhaps next week - I can help them as much as possible from home. I release that this is only the first week and don't want to overload you all.
Please try and keep positive. I can see (myself) from being isolated at home for this week, it is not that easy to find replacements for our normal every day lives. But, the things that I have been doing are:
- PE with Joe Wicks, live every day at 9am on YouTube. If you only do 2 sessions out of Monday-Friday, that would count for your Physical section. This is great fun and will be good preparation for your expedition.
- I have been contacting people - either ringing, writing cards, emailing, texting to check if they are ok - these are mostly older people, but also others that I think would lift their spirits to have contact from outside of their house. This would count for Voluntary section.
- Cooking - we have been experimenting with the ingredients that we have in our cupboard. This has been exciting and a family task! This is an ideal activity for your skill section. You could write up a recipe book of what you have made - your assessor will enjoy looking at this.
You do not have to ask me to change your activity if you have already uploaded the planner onto eDofE. Please just list what you are doing on your activity log/sheet of paper with section at the top (a separate one for each section). Put the date and (CV) next to it for CoronaVirus. You can get a parent to sign the sheet. Then at the end of the time you can show your activity log to the assessor and discuss what you have done and it should be fine for them to sign it. PLEASE make sure that the activity you are doing fits in with the right category of Voluntary, Physical or Skill. Please check with me if necessary.
We are all going to need to fill our days up and perhaps the ideas that I sent out last week, may be interesting for you to do. Please note that all communication that I am sending home will go onto the school website / Enrichment / Duke of Edinburgh - with the most recent at the top, so that you are kept in the loop and can refer back easily.
Bye for now - I won't be bombarding you with emails, but perhaps every couple of weeks to parents, but if you can let the students know that I will send them a message via eDofE weekly, so they can check them to see what I am suggesting. Remember, you are not alone, having your DofE journey interrupted - we will get through this and what a great sense of achievement it will be, especially if you have had to change your original plans.
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Wood - firstname.lastname@example.org
20/3/20 - Email sent to all students on B, S & G
Many thanks for being so patient with us over the uncertainty caused by the developing Covid-19 outbreak. A difficult situation for us all, but we will endeavour to ensure that your daughter gets the best possible help and support through their DofE journey.
As of 3pm on Friday, in line with “Social Distancing” the School will be closed to all but a few pupils designated by the Government, so expedition training is suspended until the controls are relaxed and School reopens. It is likely that the June expedition will have to be postponed, but we will keep you posted on this. Please be assured that we will continue to monitor Government and National DofE guidance and as soon as we are able to, we will restart the expedition section of the DofE Award.
Activities for the Volunteering, Physical and Skills section can still continue from home for participants - I know that this is a concern for many and we appreciate this - students can decide to do something else on a one hour per week basis (can be broken down to smaller segments). Please make sure that it is in the same Physical, Skill, Voluntary category - you can check this on the eDofE site, or message me. They should log this on their activity log with the date and CV (Corona Virus) next to it; this will help when the assessor comes to do the report at the end of the required time for the activity. We have collated a list for you below which may be of help. Particularly for volunteering, please contact your assessor as the club/organisation that you help with, they may have an idea of what you can do in preparation for returning to them when we have the go ahead!
Physical and of course preparation for your Expedition
Home based Youtube sports activities - such as yoga, pilates, HIIT classes
St John’s Ambulance First Aid resource- https://www.sja.org.uk/globalassets/documents/dofe/dofeselfteachworkbook.pdf
Duolingo app for learning a language
Learning sign language
Instead of going into the care home - give them a call or create post cards to send
Fundraise/raise awareness of the Coronavirus
Checking on elderly neighbours - leaving care packages at their door
Ramblers - Don’t lose your way - https://dontloseyourway.ramblers.org.uk/
Litter picking in their local countryside - not in contact with others
Missing maps - https://www.missingmaps.org/
Parkinsons charity - https://www.100forparkinsons.com/the-project
Recording wildlife helping conservation - https://www.thesubath.com/volunteer/virtualvolunteering/
Cancer research charity - https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/citizen-science
Girlguiding/Scouting/Boys Brigade - build up a book of games/songs/activities/readings, which will be useful for the unit to use at a later date - you can research different ideas and do some illustrations too. Check with the leaders as they may have an idea too.
Please download the DofE app to your mobile to continue with your DofE awards, as this is certainly the way to go and an easy way to check out what you are doing? You can also have a check out of the other information on the DofE website.
Lastly, please remember that communication is very important during this unprecedented situation - the best way to communicate with me is through eDofE where you can message me, or you can email me on my school email address: email@example.com - please do let me know if you are stuck as to how to proceed. I will be sending a weekly message via eDofE to you all - please do check your messages.
You are not alone here - there are many young people who have had their DofE journey change direction, this situation may make you think slightly outside of the box but your ultimate goal of achieving the award is still very much possible and you will do it!
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Wood & The DofE Team at The Warriner School
Any enquiries, please email: Mrs J Wood (DofE Manager)
Duke of Edinburgh Award at The Warriner