Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Letitia Bekker

Maths/DofE Coordinator
[email protected]

My name is Letitia and I am from South Africa. I completed my degree in BSc Chemistry and PGCE at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I have a passion for young people and through teaching I want to make a difference in students’ lives. I firmly believe in student oriented education where learners must be fully involved in their education and I am willing to go the extra mile for each learner. My teaching experience in South Africa included working at IMPAK as a part-time teacher while completing my studies after which I moved, as a full time teacher to Hoërskool Warmbad which is a parallel medium High school teaching Mathematics and Physical Science. Besides teaching I love to travel, scuba dive and to camp. In 2015 my husband and I decided to move to Thailand where I taught Primary Science at an English programme school in Rayong and in January 2016 I joined the Mathematics team at HeadStart International School. I am looking forward to continue working with staff and students from around the world and cannot wait to see what the new academic year holds.

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.

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 Ms Letitia Bekker, HeadStart’s DofE coordinator at [email protected]

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.


2019 Adventurous Journey Dates

Please contact the DoE coordinator in order to know which group your child is in.

Group Training Practice Adventurous Journey
Group 1 Bronze 26-27 October 9-10 November 3-4 December
Group 2 Bronze 2-3 November 30 Nov-1 Dec 9-10 December
Group 1 Silver 4-5 October 16-17 November 11-13 January
Group 2 Silver 6-7 October 14-15 December 24-26 January

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