The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

(Prémio Infante D. Henrique)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (Prémio Infante D’Henrique, in Portugal) is a highly sought after and internationally recognised qualification. It can be used on university applications and when writing a personal statement to show that a person has determination and can accept and overcome great challenges. Academic success is important, but it is also vital that students can demonstrate a well-rounded character and the “DofE Award” does exactly that!
St. Julian´s School is very proud to be the first School in Portugal to start delivering the award since 1992 and we have guided hundreds of students successfully through the levels since.

St Julian’s school is proud to offer the award at three levels:

The Award Framework

 

Level

Minimum age range

 

Direct entrants

Award holders / 

continuing participants

BRONZE

More than 13

n/a

SILVER

15

*

GOLD

16

16

 

At Bronze level – discretion is allowed if a young person, who is younger than 14, is part of a peer group where the majority are 14 or older and wishes to start their Bronze with their peers. Under such circumstances the participant must have reached their 13th birthday.

 At Silver level – young people who have completed their Bronze level may start their Silver level without a delay being imposed, even though they are not yet 15.

 At Gold level – no activities can be counted before a participant’s 16th birthday to ensure it is more of an adult challenge.

 

 

Level

Minimum Period

 

 

Direct Entrant

Level holders

Minimum Ages

BRONZE

6 Months

Not applicable

14 years old

SILVER

12 months

6 months
if Bronze holder

15 years old

GOLD

18 months

12 months
if Silver holder

16 years old

 

 

Minimum scale for each level by section

 

Skills

Service

Physical Recreation Adventurous Journey

More

BRONZE

3 months

3 months

3 months

2 days + 1

night

+ 3 Months in one section of your choice

SILVER

6 months

6 months

6 months

3 days + 2

nights

+ 6 Months in one section of your choice,
except if Bronze Holder

GOLD

12 months

12 months

12 months

 

+ 6 Months in one section of your choice,
except if Silver Holder

 

Plus additional requirement of 5 day / 4 night Gold Residential Project at the Gold level

 

Bronze Level

The Bronze Award (Prémio Bronze) is run by Award Leaders in school but externally assessed and awarded by The Duke of Edinburgh International Award in Portugal.

Is delivered by Award Leaders through lessons on a Monday afternoon. They must also complete a personal programme of activities in following four sections:

· Voluntary Service – to learn how to give useful voluntary service to others in their community. (Could be the school community or in your local community)

· Skills - to encourage the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills. (For example, playing a musical instrument, learning a language or developing a new skill such as cookery or photography).

· Physical Recreation - to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance. (playing a given sport or fitness activity at least once a week)

· Adventurous Journey - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst planning and undertaking a journey in a group. (A two day, one-night Expedition. Participants will develop the skills necessary for the expedition and by May, must be ready for a two-day, one-night Expedition in the Sintra Hills)

The Bronze Award requires a long-term commitment of three months for each section plus another 3 months on a section at the participants choice as major.

Altough it is possible to do all three concurrently, (Volunatry service, Skills and Phisical) we advise that participants plan their time to start first the longer section, and keep on going during the school year.

If you have any questions about the Bronze Award, please email Mr Cawson.

 

Silver Award

 

“The Silver Award (Prémio Prata) is run by Award Leaders in school but externally assessed and awarded by The Duke of Edinburgh International Award in Portugal”.

Participants must spend six months completing a personal programme of activities in three sections plus the expedition:

  • Voluntary Service – to learn how to give useful voluntary service to others in their community. (voluntary work with a registered charity in your local community. This is often difficult to obtain so a lot of planning is required.
  • Skills - to encourage the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills.(For example, playing a musical instrument, learning a language or developing a new skill such as such as public speaking (MUN).).
  • Physical Recreation - to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance. (playing a given sport or fitness activity at least once a week for six months)
  • Adventurous Journey - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst planning and undertaking a journey in a group (A three-day, two-night Expedition canoeing down the Zêzere river in central Portugal. A training period is also required and takes place directly before the expedition (The expedition runs in June of Year 11, once the GCSE exams are over)

 

It usually takes the full school year to complete the Silver Award and so is a long-term commitment. Participants must plan their time carefully and it is a good idea to stagger some of the activities throughout the year. Completing the Award and keeping up with the final year of GCSEs is tough - this is the reason why the Silver Award is seen as a good qualification to attain.

 

Note, if a participant has not done the Bronze Award, a total of 6 months must be dedicated to Skill, Service and Physical activity, plus another 6 months in a chosen section, as major as a requirement.

If you have any questions about the Silver Award, please ask Mr Cawson.

 

Gold Award:

 

 The Gold Award (Prémio Ouro) is run by Award Leaders in school but externally assessed and awarded by The Duke of Edinburgh International Award in Portugal”.

Is a long-term commitment where participants must spend twelve months completing a personal programme of activities in three sections plus an expedition and residential trip:

 

“The Gold Award (Prémio Ouro) is run by staff in school but externally assessed and awarded by The Duke of Edinburgh International Award in Portugal”

  • Voluntary Service – to learn how to give useful voluntary service to others in their community. (helping someone, your community or the environment)
  • Skills - to encourage the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills.(For example, (developing existing talents or trying something new)
  • Physical Recreation - to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement of performance. (becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities.)
  • Adventurous Journey - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst planning and undertaking a journey in a group Expedition – (a four-day, three-night expedition in the Gredos mountains near Madrid in Spain. This is organised by the school and usually takes place in Year 12.)
  • Gold Residential Project – There is also an additional requirement to complete in order to achieve the Gold level. The aim of this section is to broaden experience through living and working with others in a residential setting. (staying and working away from home as part of a team for a minimum of 5 days. A common experience we have organised has been on Santa Maria Manuela Tall ship.)

“Note, if a participant has not done the Silver Award, a further 6 months of either Skill, Service of Physical activity is a requirement. The Gold Award is an extremely well recognised and highly regarded qualification. The reason for this is because it is tough to achieve, particularly as participants will also be undertaking the IB diploma programme at the same time. The good news is that the CAS IB programme works in conjunction with the Award. So what experiences the students do in CAS also count for Award. As the voluntary, physical and skills sections must run for 12 months, participants will need time in both Year 12 and 13 to complete the Award. “

If you have any questions about the Gold Award, please email Ms Small.

 

For more information please visit the following websites: “Prémio Infante D. Henrique – Portugal” http://www.premio-idh.com/

Or “The Duke of Edinburgh International Award” www.intaward.org

 

Skills for the Future

We all know that feeling when exam results are due - and many feel that they are make or break but exam results need not define a young person's future. Focused around employability and skills for the future, the Foundation's Communications team has developed a film and supporting social media content which show that some top business people and entrepreneurs around the world think exam results alone aren't enough to secure a bright future-soft skills or universal skills learnt through non-formal education and learning, such as resilience, confidence and communication, are considered just as important when recruiting staff.”

 

Click below for a link to the new ‘Skills for the Future’ video

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Head of Physical Education Department

Sports Coordinator 

Coordinator International Award (Premio) programme

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.