Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Craig O'nions

Head of Maths
[email protected]

I am an English speaking Mathematics teacher from the UK, and I have lived in various places around England, Germany and Northern Ireland as my family is part of the British Military. Outside of school I am interested in sports, particularly rugby, golf and cricket but I have expanded my interests to football, badminton and wakeboarding since living in Thailand. I chose to study Mathematics at Portsmouth University, where I spent my summers as an Activity Manager for Italian school students. I enjoyed working with young people and I realised my passion for teaching, returning to Portsmouth University to qualify as a Teacher of Mathematics. Since then, I have enjoyed teaching Mathematics at GCSE and A-Level at two contrasting schools where I have had the chance to enhance and vary my teaching styles. Good skills in Mathematics are important in day-to-day life and I believe students can progress quickest with a varied approach to learning. I am proud that this year I am leading the Faculty of Mathematics, which has excellent teaching staff within. I am hugely excited to be continuing my career at HeadStart and look forward to further contributing to the success of the students at the school.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an international youth awards programme originally founded in the UK in 1956 by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and has since expanded to over 140 countries across the globe. The awards are focused on adolescents and young adults completing a series of character building, teamwork and self-improvement exercises and tasks over a number of months. There are three levels of the award; Bronze, Silver or Gold.

With supervision and assistance from trained adults and DofE leaders, the participants select, set and complete objectives in the following areas:

Volunteering undertaking service to individuals or the community.

Physical improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

Skills developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

Expedition planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an extremely valuable accolade for any young person to have. It shows hard work, dedication, willingness to better ones self and the ability to work well both individually and as a team to any Universities as well as potential future Employers.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Bronze Award is part of the HeadStart Secondary Curriculum and is taken during the first year of Key Stage 4 (Year 10). The higher Silver or Gold awards are taken later on a voluntary basis.

For more information please contact Mr Craig O’Nions, HeadStart’s DofE coordinator at [email protected]


Year 12/13 Duke of Edinburgh Silver International Award Assembly 2017

The year 12 and 13 Duke of Edinburgh Silver International Award students gave an inspiring assembly. They showed a ‘Top Tips’ video which they had produced to explain the purpose of their Adventurous Journey and to encourage future participants of the Award. As a show of gratitude for all their help and support with the Adventurous Journey, the students presented gifts of appreciation to Ms.Katy and Mr.David from Topper Sail Phuket. Well done and many thanks to all involved!

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