I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award when I was at school and I still have fond memories of completing it from voluteering at a vets to getting lost on our expedition!
I have worked at Macmillan Academy for over 5 years. I joined the Macmillan Duke of Edinburgh team this year and my main role is to help ensure students are completing their programme details on Duke of Edinburgh Online. I still enjoying going for long walks although now it is with my husband and our dog.
I have different roles with the DofE at Macmillan Academy, one of which being centre manager with Mr Bede. I help to ensure that we deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in keeping with the principles of the award, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained and all participants get a rewarding experience throughout.
I also am responsible for the administration for the DofE. Being a qualified outdoor instructor, I have the fantastic opportunity to supervise and assess the students completing their expeditions and the success they achieve.
My primary role with DofE is as the centre manager for Macmillan, but as a Mountain Leader, I also supervise and assess expeditions. Working closely alongside Miss House, I ensure that we deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in keeping with the principles of the award, ensuring that standards are maintained and participants get a rewarding experience throughout. To help me achieve this, I am privileged to work with a fantastic and dedicated group of people on the DofE team.
Running the Duke of Edinburgh scheme gives me plenty of opportunity to do the things I enjoy most. I love being out in the hills, and take pretty much any opportunity I can to get into the mountains. With the Lake District only a short trip across the A66 for us, it has to be one of the best places for a day out in the hills. That said, my mountaineering is not just limited to the Lakes; I love the wildness and brutality of the mountains of Scotland, the Cairngorms in particular, but Snowdonia in North Wales always feels like home to me - for a small area, it has to pack in some of the best mountaineering available in the UK.
I love being a part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme because it is a fantastic opportunity for students to be a part of something really rewarding. I have been involved in looking after students doing the silver award and now I have a bronze group and help to supervise expeditions. I personally didn't ever have the opportunity to do this award but I was one of the first Girl Scouts when the scouting association decided to allow girls to join as well as boys. I completed my chief scout gold award which bears some similarities to the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh. I also spent most of my childhood holidays in the Lake District because my dad was a keen walker so I guess you could say its in my blood!
I am a fairly new member to the DofE team, having helped out a bit last year. I love the “great outdoors” anyway, whether it is simply going for a gentle walk enjoying the views, climbing, mountain biking or even having a ride out on my motorbike. I wish when I was at school I had the opportunity to complete a program like this. I like how students are pushed to gain new skills, sustain physical activity, give something back to the wider community through volunteering and of course learn to survive and become self-sufficient in the wild.
As a classroom teacher you get to see a different side to the students and no doubt vice versa. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone even remotely interested. Too many people think that this program is designed for “outdoors” kind of people but there is so much more to it. Not only will you learn new skills, make new friends but you will take something away with you for the rest of your life.
I am one of the bronze Duke of Edinburgh leaders at Macmillan Academy which means it is my role to guide a group of students through the bronze DofE programme. When I was 16 I completed my own bronze DofE award through which I gained an enthusiasm for outdoor sports and trying new things, including various sports such as climbing, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, hiking and underwater hockey. I often take part in running events in and around Teesside including the Middlesbrough 5 & 10k's, the Stockton river rat race and the Redcar half marathon.
In August 2014 I completed my biggest challenge yet, climbing to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, through which I raised money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). I have become involved in leading the bronze DofE group so that I can help Macmillan Academy's current students also gain the confidence to try new things and give them the enthusiasm to improve themselves in their chosen activities.
I am a new teacher to Macmillan Academy but very eager to be involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award. I ran the bronze award in my last school and can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of teaching I have. Stepping out of a busy urban environment, to natural and picturesque scenery, has always been a huge passion of mine. I find enjoyment from kayaking, beach walks and camping all around the world. This thirst for the outdoors came from me completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh as a student. I am much older now, but the friends I completed my Duke of Edinburgh with, are the friends I still enjoy walking with regularly. I often visit friends in Europe and go for beautiful walks in the mountains. Being in the outdoors is something that allows you to appreciate what you have, and also brush up on your Geography!! I would really encourage anyone that has any aspiration to see the world to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh!! You will only look back with fantastic memories.
I am joining the DofE team this year as a Bronze leader, working alongside Mr Day to help students achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. I completed the Gold award when I was at school and it has remained on my CV ever since. As well as resulting in highly respected qualifications, the DofE award scheme motivated me to learn to play a musical instrument, join a school sports team and volunteer to help others. The expeditions were very enjoyable and challenging and helped develop my love for the great outdoors. I want to give young people the same opportunities to get involved, try new things, develop existing skills and experience the outdoors.
I am a keen fell walker and regularly hike in the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District, which are all within easy reach of Teesside. My personal achievements include completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge (a gruelling 26 mile walk in less than 12 hours) in December last year and trekking to the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru back in 2012.
When I was at school and at the age of 14 I got involoved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, I loved this so much that I continued this into college and during the course of my school life I gained my Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, going on to meet The Duke of Edinburgh himself when collecting my award in London. I learnt so many new things, gaining knowledge and experience in areas that I never thought I would. I learnt how to Kayak, draw in art lessons, become a sports leader, start up and be part of a volleyball team and go on to win matches, work at a residendial school and my favourite, gaining my full motorbike license! But most importantly I got to spend my time with my friends planning walks all around the countryside having the time of our lives doing something that we never thought we would do.
Because of my passion I have gone on to be a leader of the DofE award, at Macmillan Academy encouraging others and working alongside them to gain a passion like mine and create new experiences in life they will keep forever.