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Beyond the Classroom: Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Training

Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Profound learning is not restricted to the classroom. This year, BBIS created the whole-school position of Coordinator of Outdoor Learning. While still evolving, the idea is to take students of all ages beyond BBIS’ gates to learn, experientially, in Kleinmachnow, Berlin and beyond. We already do this but we wish to increase the opportunities and to forge strong, meaningful links with the curriculum.

One experience which falls into this category is the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) International Award which we have offered for some years.

Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February, BBIS held a training weekend which, along with valuable work, was two days of enthusiasm, creativity and fun. The three students who participated (Jan, Konrad and Tim) were a credit to the school. They offered many excellent suggestions for improvements as to how the programme is run at BBIS, and are keen to be involved in the future in an advisory role, or to act as supervisors / assessors for the Bronze and Silver levels

Thank you to the staff who took part; Ms Thach, Ms Buckler, Ms Fleiner, Mr Nolan, Mr Samozvanov, Mr Kelly, Mr Gregory and Mr Peel