Extra-Curricular and Enrichment Activities
Enrichment - We have an exciting new vision for life beyond the classroom.
The enrichment activities that take place at Melbourn have been wide and varied. However, we feel that increasing the number and quality of enrichment is vital for all students and will allow them to flourish both in and out of lessons. We have an exciting programme, which includes both activities which are integrated into the main curriculum time and a full timetable of after-school activities. Details on the integrated curriculum activities are available through departments.
The current term's sports fixtures and tournaments will be shown and available for download from the panel on the side of this page when finalised. You can also download a list of websites for local sports clubs.
Please note that due to staff training there will be no enrichment on the following dates:
- Tuesday 15th September 2020
- Tuesday 13th October 2020
- Tuesday 17th November 2020
- Tuesday 15th December 2020
- Tuesday 26th January 2021
- Tuesday 2nd March 2021
- Tuesday 13th April 2021
- Tuesday 11th May 2021
- Tuesday 15th June 2021
- Tuesday 13th July 2021
Duke of Edinburgh Award
What is the DofE
A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.
At MVC, We are currently offer the DofE Bronze Award during Year 9, and students are now able to start working towards their Award as soon as they are enrolled.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
Missed the meeting?
No worries, Here are some introduction material to help you understand DofE-
Invitation letter (Accessible via student's office365 accounts)
Presentation (Accessible via student's office365 accounts)
Video (Accessible via student’s office365 account)
Parent’s Information Booklet (Accessible via student's office365 accounts)
Enrolment Form (Accessible via student's office365 accounts) – Please Return digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideas for activities
For each of your DofE sections, you need to choose an activity. Remember – you own your DofE programme and have the freedom to choose activities that are specific and relevant to you.
Want some inspiration? The DofE website has compiled a list of activities ideas for each section to inspire you.
Don’t worry if you can’t find exactly what you want to do, speak to Mr Fung or email: email@example.com. Most activities can count towards your DofE, we’ll just need to check it and count toward the right sections.
Training & Expedition
All training will be provided by the school in order to support participants in having a successful Expedition. Sessions will include what Navigation, equipment, camp craft and safety and much more.
At MVC we offer a hiring service for some group equipment from the school in return for a small fee. We are currently offer tents and stoves for hire.
Due to the effects of Covid-19 there has been some changes with the way we run Expeditions and training at MVC.
Currently training is postponed until after Christmas with an aim to run Expeditions still in the summer term.
National Citizen Service (NCS)
This is an adventurous and life-enhancing programme currently available to young people in Years 11 and 12 and takes place over four weeks during the summer holidays. Participants embark on an outdoor adventure residential, followed by a local residential week to enhance their personal skills. The final two weeks are spent designing and delivering a project that will have a positive impact on their community. The cost of the programme previously has been £50 or £10 for those receiving Free School Meals. Bursaries are also available.
Read feedback from former Melbourn students here.
Places are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Further details will be available in the Sping term.
Work experience involves moving learning from the classroom into the world of work. Students will learn about work and the workplace, but more importantly, they will learn about themselves as a young adult, their skills for employment and personal qualities. The form for students arranging their own placements is available in the panel on the side of this page.
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