Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – January Update

Happy New Year!

With exams starting next week (good luck!) and plans being made for spring and summer, Gonzaga wants to remind you about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program and the elements students ought to be working on and recording throughout the year. Once registered with the Duke program, students need to record hours of volunteering, fitness/recreation and skill development in their Record Book until complete. This is done independently by the students and their assessor/instructor.

There are many ways for students to volunteer. Reach out and apply your interest, time and talents in a classroom, library, gym, office, hospital, animal shelter, seniors’ home or any community organization.

If anyone is interested in helping out the Candlelighters Association of Newfoundland and Labrador this Saturday for a few hours at the Foodland in Bay Bulls, for instance, Amanda Kinsman would appreciate hearing from you. Her e-mail is kinsmanat@gmail.com and her phone number is 709- 745-4448.

Gonzaga is planning training and expeditions for several weekends this spring and summer. A note with dates and tentative leaders will be issued by Feb. 1. Please review and choose which dates work best for students and parents as additional volunteers will be required.

This program is successful because of volunteers. In order to offer a meaningful experience for our students, volunteers need to get involved. Our experienced skillful volunteer leaders want to share what they know with you and junior leaders.

In order to volunteer, a certificate of conduct from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is required. More information is available at www.rnc.gov.nl.ca/services/CertificateConduct.html. In order to waive the fee, please print this attached letter( Letter requesting Certificate of Conduct ) from the school and have it accompany your application. This form is not needed if you are already a school district employee.

At Gonzaga, the teacher lead is Ms. Gillian Browne. She can be reached at gillianbrown@esdnl.ca or 709-753-7510. Her efforts are fully supported by principal Edward van Nostrand, assistant principal Doug LeDrew and other teachers at the school. Students can see Ms. Browne for an application form, Record Book or anything else that will help them succeed in this Program.

Students are reminded to look for 5-day opportunities to learn/develop away from home as this residential project is required for the Gold Award. Exploration activities are an option if an expedition is not possible/preferable.

Complete details about the Program and new guidelines are available at www.intaward.org/about-the-award. For any clarification, Trudy can be reached at tcarlisle@dukeofed.org. She can also be reached by phoning 709-753-0423.

General details about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program are available at www.dukeofed.org/nl and ways in which to get started are found athttp://dukeofed.org/gettingstartedchecklist.

Enjoy the adventure. Reap the rewards!

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