The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee

The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee is a year-long project to help primary and secondary age pupils who have been affected by the Covid lockdown.  It aims to encourage them to participate in and enjoy outdoor activities and to develop their own strengths rather than competing against others.  We hope the project will benefit pupils and schools by having a positive impact on mental health and well-being as well as on learning in the classroom.

End of November update.

Wow, we are so thrilled, over 2,000 children and young people are taking part in this unique Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee opportunity. As well as having great fun, if you don’t believe me take a look at the photos and videos recently posted in the gallery! They are learning new skills, challenging themselves, experiencing the natural world and re building friendships and relationships which had weakened through the lockdowns.

Some participants are half way through their Level 2 activities, others who joined a little later are speedily progressing through their Level 1, eager to begin their level 2. Indeed some participants have been so eager they have ticked every activity on level 1 which is superb, and they can be really proud of them selves. However its not too late, if you want to begin the MBPJ then ask your school or parents or uniformed organisation to contact me for the registration form.

For level 2 we are offering participants a significant discount, meaning guided / instructor led sessions will be free or cost a maximum of £5 or £6. This is a wonderful opportunity to try something new, maybe an Xmas decorating art, or Xmas Pottery session, Curling, guided walking through Findhorn Dunes, or even SUP boarding or Kayaking. These are detailed within the events section of this website. Alternately all Active schools or Outfit Moray activities count.

Early in February 2022 we will release level 3 activity sheets, the last level before the badge draws to an close at the end of April. We’ll be adding further fun, challenging and creative activities so make sure you keep an eye on the events section. These activities will also be discounted so everyone can have a go. Please contact me directly if your family are not in a position to fund a session you really want to try, and we can sort something out.

For most activities there are possible options for further session dates to be added, so please let me know.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me the Project Leader Helen Moore on helen@moraybadge.org.uk or info@moraybadge.org.uk

RESPONSIBILITY DISCLAIMER

The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee does not accept any responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by any child or young person whilst undertaking or taking part in any activities in order to work towards the Badge. Any such activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk. Those activities and experiences that are offered by other third party organisations will have their own safety, child protection, insurance and liability policies in place which can be viewed by parents on the respective providers’ websites.

Latest News / Update

(29th October 2021)

 

We are delighted that the Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee has now begun. The project is open to all children and young people aged 5-18 who come under the Moray Council Education Department in Moray and Banff, and Home-Schooled pupils are welcome to participate too. We are pleased at feedback from children taking part who are enjoying a wide variety of Level 1 activities.

Schools have been sent details from Moray Council on how to register their pupils. Any parent of a Home-Schooled pupil should contact the Project Leader, Helen Moore, on helen@moraybadge.org.uk to find out the separate arrangements for Home Schooling registration.

The three badges are age-related:

Platinum for ages 12-18 (S1-6)

Copper for ages 9-12 (P5-7)

Brass for ages 5-9 (P1-5)

Each badge has three levels. Pupils all start on Level 1, completing at least five activities from a wide choice before moving on to Level 2 in November. They can also take longer to complete this level if they wish and can join throughout the year.  Schools have been sent Activity sheets for these Level 1 and Level 2 activities and these can be downloaded for each pupil or their parents to record the activities undertaken. These Level 1 and Level 2 activities are all free and can be undertaken in school with teachers and with Active Schools or from home with families and friends. Any school which wants to propose an additional activity to count towards a level, should contact Helen Moore to have that confirmed.

Several outdoor organisations have already agreed to work in partnership with us to offer additional activities across the region. These will be publicised on our website in advance with a link to the organisations’ websites so parents can check their policies and book directly with them for each external activity.

Badges will be presented at a ceremony to mark the Platinum Jubilee in late May or early June 2022 and individual certificates showing the level each pupil has achieved will be sent out to schools before the end of the summer term.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact the Project Leader Helen Moore on helen@moraybadge.org.uk or info@moraybadge.org.uk

RESPONSIBILITY DISCLAIMER

The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee does not accept any responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by any child or young person whilst undertaking or taking part in any activities in order to work towards the Badge. Any such activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk. Those activities and experiences that are offered by other third party organisations will have their own safety, child protection, insurance and liability policies in place which can be viewed by parents on the respective providers’ websites.

From Andrew Simpson, the Lord Lieutenant of Banff

“Developing personal skills and facing challenges is important for life. The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee is a fitting tribute to the vision and passion of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

However, it will also be a wonderful opportunity for young people to take part in a variety of activities allowing them to build their own skills and strengths.

I would strongly encourage pupils throughout the Moray area to get involved in this fantastic project with the confidence that they will find this both an immensely enjoyable and a worthwhile experience.”

From Seymour Monro, the Lord Lieutenant of Moray

“The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee will challenge young people taking part in a variety of activities suitable for all levels and ages.

I am sure they will be welcomed after this past year’s many restrictions. The project will also further strengthen links with the Royal family.

I wish everyone enjoyment and success whilst they take part in their chosen endeavour.”

 

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