If you are in Year 10 – Year 13 have you thought about starting you DoE Award? By doing your DofE at Oriel High School, you’re in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an Award that is highly valued by universities and employers alike.
What is the DofE all about?
A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Bronze award – aimed towards our Year 10s (14yrs +).
Silver award – aimed towards our Year 11, 12s & 13s (15yrs +).
Gold award – aimed towards Year 11, 12s and 13s ((16 yrs +)
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter,developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
If you need any further information, you can talk to your DofE Leader (Miss Mann) in the Youth Wing or e-mail at email@example.com.
DofE sessions begin at 5.30pm every Thursday in the Youth Wing.
Expedition Information for Oriel Students
Before you go out on an expedition organised by Miss Mann and Mr Pearce you will need to have read the below information about Food & Nutrition.
Also you can hire equipment from Miss Mann. Please see attached form about hiring out equipment for your expedition.
Students visiting the WW1 Trenches in Belgium
Activities Week Trip to Paris
Beach Volleyball in Brighton
During early July every student at Oriel has the opportunity to take part in an enrichment activity as part of our annual Activities Week.
Activities include, Paris Arts trip, Belgium Music trip, Extreme Sports residential to Nottingham, London extravaganza, mountain biking, comic book workshops, Thorpe Park & Chessington trips, Cadburys World & Alton Towers trip, Astronomy, Outward bounds, World War 1 history trip, Marine biology, plus others.
All students in Year’s 7 – 10 are able to select up to three choices at the start of the Autum term. The students are then notified if they got their 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice. Activities Week is very popular with all our students and staff.
The students always act as excellent representatives for the school and themselves when taking part in many of the activities staff provide for them, both home and abroad. The week is hard work but great fun.
Year 7 October Residential
At the start of Year 7 all students are invited to attend a three day residential trip to a PGL Activity Centre in the south east of England. The purpose of this enrichment activity is to offer a truly outstanding student experience in their first few weeks at Oriel High School. Our annual trips to a PGL centre offers significant opportunities to experience learning in a new environment with many new friends. This trip directly supports work done in school to support smooth transition from Primary or Middle school. The focus of the trip is on developing self-esteem, peer support, confidence and positive attitudes which will contribute to raising motivation and achievement – in school and beyond.
These trips always offer a packed and enjoyable programme. Activities have included, Raft building, Archery, Zip wire, Fencing plus many others. Feedback from our Year 7 students has always been positive, and that is why this residential has become an annual event in the school calendar. The participation rate is fantastic. Out of 240 current Year 7 students, 232 are going on the trip. Those remaining in school will have an equally enjoyable and memorable experience with a range of team building and confidence building activities.
“The broad school curriculum meets the needs of students with progression routes to sixth form and pathways to higher education. Together with the annual summer activities week, the varied and wide-ranging enrichment programme and opportunities to perform and participate in sport, students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is promoted strongly”. (OFSTED, 2012)
Oriel Trips and Visits
We pride ourself on our provision and range of trips and visits, including residential and foreign activities. At Oriel we believe that these activities enhance both the learning and life experience of our students and are important in contextualising the work done in the classroom.
We have increased the number and quality of these trips over the past few years and they now include trips that both enhance the learning that goes on in the classroom and also provide additional activities that many students would otherwise not experience.
Trips which support the curriculum are numerous and varied. For example, Geography field trip studies at Juniper hall and Blacklands Farm, Drama trips to see Warhorse and The Woman in Black, Science trips to the University of Sussex Physics department and Imperial College, and the 6th form trip to the Safe Drive event.
Students further up the school have been to Pila, Italy on a ski and snowboarding trip for the past 2 years and this will again run in 2015. These students gained new skills whilst also experiencing the famous Italian hospitality and culture.
Other residential trips have included the annual Year 7 Residential, those run by the Art faculty to galleries in both Paris and New York, gaining valuable first-hand experience of both the life and culture of those cities and the amazing art work kept at their prestigious galleries.
Each year we also run a 3 day ‘Activities week’ during which all students are off timetable and can participate in extra-curricular activities both in school, on day trips and during residential trips. These activities have included Extreme sports trips to Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes Snow domes to ski, snowboard, rock climb and indoor skydive. Plus day trips Mountain biking around the local off-road routes. There have been trips to theme parks, Harry Potter world and paintballing and we have also taken a large group of student up to Chelsea Football Club’s Cobham training ground to train at their world class facilities with their Chelsea Foundation coaches for the 3 days.
Whilst we strive to ensure that students are fulfilling their academic potential, we are committed to providing it is also about providing opportunities for students to have experiences that they will never forget. Our trips and visits, along with our extra-curricular after-school provision ensure that we accomplish that.
Mr G Taylor is our Director of Learning for Enrichment.