During the year 2019-2020 Craigdhu Primary trialled the Junior Duke programme. Following the success and popularity of the challenge, we decided to offer it again.
Junior Duke was created by a Glasgow teacher, Dawn Waugh, when she noticed that a number of her pupils were unable to display certain skills essential to daily life. She set about designing a programme of challenges for her class which was met with much enthusiasm. Challenges are based around life skills and are very closely linked with A Curriculum for Excellence subject areas. The programme grew from there and there are now challenge booklets for P1-P7.
P1 – Micro Duke
P2 – Silver MINI Duke
P3 – Gold MINI Duke
P4 – Bronze JUNIOR Duke
P5 – Silver JUNIOR Duke
P6 – Gold JUNIOR Duke
P7 – Platinum JUNIOR Duke
Each booklet has a range of ten challenges. Participants must complete seven of these to achieve the level and be awarded a certificate and badge.
Many schools from the Glasgow area, around the UK and world, have now trialled the programme and report good feedback from children, families and schools. This is an entirely voluntary programme and for those wishing to participate, there is a cost for the parents which covers the booklet, certificate and badges.
We have our own patron this year who will present Junior Duke awards to platinum achievers at the end of the year. Former pupil and Scottish swimmer, Jack Thorpe, has visited us and encouraged us on our journey. Read about Jack’s achievements here https://www.teamscotland.scot/athlete/jack-thorpe/
You can read more about the programme on the official website run by Dawn at http://juniorduke.com/