Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Non-Uniform Day

Pay £1 on entry to school for the privilege of wearing non-school uniform (school appropriate dress - no crop tops etc) on Friday 18th May.

This is to help fundraise and support our Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. The D of E programme is such a great opportunity to raise the aspirations and confidence of our students, to give them an opportunity to volunteer in the local community, learn new skills, get fitter and enjoy the great outdoors.

The cost to students to undertake the D of E is £170 each, which can be a barrier to our pupils families. We do make concessions for our disadvantaged students but the School is committed to making it accessible to all and in order do this we need to reduce the cost for parents and carers, so it is affordable to all.

To help raise money to support the D of E, the School has kindly agreed to have a non-School Uniform day.

The exception to this are Year 11's taking their French Exam in the morning. They must come in in School Uniform for the exam and can bring in non-school Uniform to change into after the exam.

Please encourage as many students and staff as possible to support and take part in the day.

Any questions or queries please email ngates@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

Many thanks

Mr Gates
D of E Leader

Launch Meeting

We had a fantastic evening on Thursday 15th March launching the Dof E at PCS. Thanks so much to all of those students and parents who came along. It was great to see so many of you!

We would love as many year 9 and 10 students to undertake the Bronze award. I know from experience how much students get out of this. Imagine after a lovely day walking on the downs with your team, the reward of cooking with your mates, enjoying hot chocolate round the fire and then camping under the stars....

A big part of the award is the challenge of the skills, volunteering and activities sections which are really enjoyable, fulfilling, life affirming and rewarding to undertake.

I have included a link to help you with ideas of these sections - https://www.dofe.org/doing-your-dofe/activities-sections/skills/skills-section-requirements

The closing date for applications from students is the 26th April. Application forms are available from Mr Gates

If you have any more queries and questions please do get in touch with Mr Gates - ngates@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk

Once again a big thanks for your support.

The PCS DofE Team

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Peacehaven Community School.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or ‘DofE’ as it is referred to, is the world’s leading youth achievement award.Established 61 years ago and undertaken by millions of young people, employers, colleges and universities recognise DofE as one of the top programmes through which young people develop valuable personal and work related skills such as: confidence, independence, self-esteem, communication, team work and resilience.

The award develops these skills through a broad and balanced programme of activities which can be undertaken at three levels Bronze, Silver and Gold. Activities are completed for progressively longer timescales at each level and fall into in to the following sections:-

 Volunteering:  To give your time freely to help your community, people, environment or animals.

 Physical:  Take part in an activity that requires a sustained level of physical energy to develop greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

 Skills:  Develop personal interests by learning a new skill or improving an existing one.

 Expedition:  Develop a spirit of adventure and discovery by completing a self-sufficient journey as part of a team.

Click here for further information on the Skills Section Requirements

In our first year we are offering all pupils in year 9 and 10 the opportunity to enrol onto a Bronze DofE Award. The pupils had a short presentation about the award in an assembly and parents attended an information event on 15th March at 5.15 to 5.45pm for further details.

One of the guiding principles of DofE is that it should be ‘achievable by all’ and at the information event we will explain how the school can support ALL pupils to take part in the award. We do hope your son/daughter is interested in taking up this fantastic opportunity to get involved. If you are able to attend the parents’ information event please click here to download the letter and fill in the slip within it.

Yours sincerely,

Mr N Gates
D of E Leader


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