This year we have taken part in the Junior Duke Awards for the first time ever!
The award is a similar style to the Duke of Edinburgh award system available to Secondary school aged children, and involves completing up to 10 challenges throughout the academic year. These challenges are all easy to complete at home and include:
The challenges aim to increase your child’s independence, resilience and confidence through learning important life skills.
This year we have been so impressed with the number of children taking part - a total of 79 children received their awards. We hope that even more sign up and complete the awards next year!
% of participants who completed Award
R – Micro Duke
1 – Mini Duke Silver
2 – Mini Duke Gold
3 – Junior Duke Bronze
4 – Junior Duke Silver
5 – Junior Duke Gold
6 – Junior Duke Platinum
So many of you have been getting involved with our Junior Duke Challenges this term that the JuniorDuke email account has been ready to burst! As many photos as possible have been shared below - we are so impressed with the effort that has been made during each and every challenge.
Well done to the children who have already completed their awards (only a few so far). Remember to bring in your completed booklet in to school by the end of June to receive your certificate and award (don't worry - you still have plenty of time).
There have been some lovely comments in the emails (they are all read and the photos are saved in school) about children showing our PRIDE learning behaviours when completing the challenges, which I have also shared below. All of the Trotts Hill staff are so proud of you all - keep going!
"A was very persistent and adamant to do absolutely everything by himself"
"Izzy really enjoyed this challenge...She worked really hard and has asked to learn more sewing skills!"
"Isla is loving it ❤️ ...she wants to do them all... We have two to go"
Lots of children have started to complete their Junior Duke challenges and we have loved seeing all of your pictures - we were even featured in the Comet newspaper! We are so proud to see children learning new skills and working hard to help with jobs at home, developing their independence in the process. Keep sending us your pictures!
Everyone should have received their Junior Duke booklets just before half term and can start working through the awards. Please email any photos to JuniorDuke@trottshill.herts.sch.uk
Please remember that we will allocate one home learning per half term to completing your challenges, so there is no need to rush through them all! Parents can sign off each challenge, then when you have finished at least 7 of the challenges you can bring your book in to be signed off and receive your award.
" X has loved working through the challenges on the Mini and Junior Duke Scheme. He has just completed his Bronze Junior Duke Award and can’t wait to start on the Silver. This has been amazing for his self-confidence and independence. His sense of achievement and pride when he completes a task is fantastic to see. It has also been great to see him using other members of the family to join in with some of the challenges and has really improved his communication skills. The level of the challenges has been perfect, each level pushes him a little further but still within his capabilities. The range of challenges is great and there is an option to do 7 out of 10 of the challenges"
Children will be able to complete the tasks as part of their normal home learning. Please send lots of photos and we will celebrate these achievements in class, in assemblies and on our website and social media (for those children who have given permission). Good luck!