I'm officially on the Duke of Edinburgh team at school. This is something I've been wanting to be involved with for a while, but it's never worked out before. I'd like to get some experience on it as I think it will be interesting and fun to do, but also very useful for what I want to do in the future. I never got the opportunity to take part in it when I was younger, so now I'll take part vicariously through my students. It was a bit touch and go for a while as to whether I could be part of the team or not - it all depended on student numbers. But as we have at least 80 students signed up we're actually under rather than over staffed.
I need to offer a couple of activities I can work on with the students, so I'm looking at doing web design and archery. I haven't done anything about getting my own website since I finished the web design course over a year ago, so if I have to start teaching the basics of it, this will get me back into it.
As for the archery, it's something I've been keen to learn how to do ever since I had a go more than 10 years ago whilst on holiday in Ireland. A few times I've emailed a local archery club but never had a response. Whilst researching this for the D of E I found another club that isn't too far away. It took them a while, but they have got back to me. The course they're offering might be a bit too expensive but I have been given a few options. Hopefully we'll be able to go ahead with it and then not only will my students get to take part in an activity and learn a skill they probably wouldn't otherwise get a chance to do, but I'll get to it for free and in work time - how's that for a cunning plan?!
At the meeting after school this afternoon, it was mentioned that it would be a good idea for someone to do a course for D of E expedition leaders. I seem to be the most likely candidate for this. The course, which I know nothing about yet, is apparently one step down from the walking group leader's qualification so this would be VERY useful for me.
Because I'm also teaching humanities this year (someone must have slipped up when they put my timetable together - this is getting me precariously close to teaching the subject I'm actually qualified to teach rather than a range of random subjects I know nothing about), I'll probably get to go on a lot of the trips. This is also something I want to get more experience in as I feel it will be relevant and useful in the future.
All of sudden, I feel much more positive about this year!