Sunday October 4th, 2015
Welcome to the October Newsletter from Regency Education.
As the first half term is coming to, or, for some, has come to the end, we wish you all a very enjoyable half term holiday.
In this half term some of you will have found out from their children who are in the senior schools in the UK, that they need to do some charity work. Among all things academic, charity work is one of the important aspects of the UK education. Teaching children invaluable lessons in helping others by encouraging them to take part in charity work. That might include raising funds for children in Africa, working with local and national charities such as Cancer Research UK or Marie Curie. One of the most popular charities that most schools take part in is the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award grew out of the efforts of three men –HRH Prince Philip, Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, and Lord Hunt, leader of the first successful ascent of Everest – who were aware that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas.
After the Second World War there was a growing concern about the development of boys, due to the gap between leaving school at 15 and entering National Service at 18.
Based on the philosophy of Hahn, founder and headmaster of Gordonstoun School in Scotland, the Award was designed around four sections: Rescue & Public Service Training, the Expedition, Pursuits & Projects, and Fitness.
Although initially only available to boys aged between 14 and 18, from September 1958 it became available to girls and later the upper age limit was extended to 25. Award took on its current four section format of: Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation.
Today there are over 140 countries and territories delivering the Award – 63 of these on a national basis.
Employers and universities recognise the value of having people who have a life away from their job. This is where the DofE comes in, it’s now become the leading Award for young people to demonstrate they have interests outside of everyday life. Volunteering gives you a chance to make a difference to others and to their community. I believe that you’ll find your voluntary work will increase your confidence and self-esteem and give you new skills. I would advise you all to embrace volunteering opportunities; it’s a great way to collect extra experience that could give you the edge at a college, university or job interview. Although there are no official points awarded on UCAS for DofE, the mention of the Gold Award in the Personal Statement might give you the advantage over other candidates.
”My DofE programmes have helped mould the person that I am today. I can’t even imagine what I’d be doing today had I not taken part; I wouldn’t have the friendships I’ve made, I wouldn’t have had so much success in employment and I most definitely wouldn’t be as confident as I am today.” Tanglwst Melville Gold Award winner.
My DofE programmes have helped mould the person that I am today. I can’t even imagine what I’d be doing today had I not taken part; I wouldn’t have the friendships I’ve made, I wouldn’t have had so much success in employment and I most definitely wouldn’t be as confident as I am today.” Tanglwst Melville Gold Award winner.
Dof E is completed in three levels, or stages, Bronze, Silver and Gold, over several years. The modules described below need to be completed at every stage but to a different extend. Typically a child would be offered to do DofE at school from the age of 13-14 and would complete the last level, Gold DofE, by the time they go to university.
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“ REGENCY EDUCATION WAS ABLE TO HELP US WITH EVERY STEP OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS ENSURING THE EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS OF OUR CHILDREN - AN INVALUABLE SERVICE. ”