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.

10 June 2022

The Badges & Certificates have arrived and we are beginning to distribute them to the Schools and their pupils. 

Please remember to send me your pics of activities, collages and presentation ceremonies. 

Could the parents who sent me photos on or after the 8/6/22 please resend the photos again……

 

20 May 2022

We’ve received so many amazing photos of MB participants taking part in various activities and adventures with enormous smiles across their faces, which is so uplifting to see. I’ve added a new batch of images last night, however I am struggling to upload some images which aren’t jpegs / photos, so if you haven’t spotted yourself within the ‘Gallery’ section then please resend.

 

                                                                       The Big Reveal!

 

                                                 

The new design for the Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee – Badge, completely unique to Moray and Banffshire for this Platinum year. We hope you love the new design, a clear memory for children and young people which they can wear with pride, whilst they describe all their exciting activities they have experienced.

Today 29th April 2022 is the final activity day for the Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee. Schools and home schooled parents are busy getting their numbers ready and returning to me so we can prepare the certificates and badges. In the mean time, what a wonderful success it has turned out to be, for proof simply have a look on the grinning faces of the children and young people trying new activities, adventures and learning new skills, take a peak at the photos in the Gallery section of this website.

I want to express our huge initial thanks to all the activities providers and charities for supporting and setting up activities specifically for the MBPJ, to all the generous funders whose kind donations have ensured the breadth and success of the MBPJ, to all the teachers and admin staff for your continued hard work particularly in the early stages during lockdowns when many of the activities were delivered by you! to the active schools coordinators, and to all you parents/guardians for your eager support to enable your children and young people to experience some of these activities….. and to many more.

More updates to follow.

MARCH 31 2022.

It’s unbelievable how many children and young people are taking part! From the release of MBPJ to schools and children home schooled in mid September 2021, we now have 36 schools within Moray and Banff registered and 5,200 participants taking part. We are now in the final stages as the MBPJ begins to draw to a close. Check out the photo’s uploaded into the gallery, these are regularly added to. Many of the recent photo’s show school pupils planting trees/saplings embracing the Platinum ‘plant a tree’ campaign and also demonstrate the younger generation taking a lead and planting for a healthier environment for their future.

Please send me your photo’s for adding to the gallery along with quotes or comments for the new comments section. We still have new activity sessions being offered and uploaded over the next couple of weeks so remember to check the calendar regularly.

FEBRUARY 2022 UPDATE & RELEASE OF LEVEL 3 ACTIVITY SHEETS.

We’re delighted to release Level 3 activity sheets to schools and home schooling families and support organisations. We are truly thrilled to announce we have 31 schools registered or in the process of registering, in addition to the home schooled pupils, and external organisations Outfit Moray & Wild Things who are registering participants through the programmes they run. We could be well on the way to over 3,500 participants! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is this Friday 4th February, so get those registration forms through to me.

There’s a huge variety of ACTIVITIES suitable for Level 2 & 3 uploaded onto this website, you’ll find these in the events/calendar page, take a peek, decide what you’d like to try and get booked up ASAP. These are hugely discounted specifically for the MBPJ participants. I’ll be adding further over the next few weeks and months until the MBPJ activities finally draw to a close at the end of April, in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee early June 2022. I’ll also be adding more photo’s of some of your creative and wonderful activities, so if you want to share your photo’s and videos then please send them to me: Helen@moraybadge.org.uk.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! JANUARY 2022 UPDATE.

We’re busy developing Level 3 activity sheets which we’ll share at the end of January. In the meantime there’s lots of activity ideas on the level 1 & 2 activity sheets you’ll love. I have added some new sessions/activities which external activity providers and organisations have kindly offered us, you’ll find these in the events/calendar page of this website. I’ll be adding many more over the next few weeks and months until the MBPJ activities finally draw to a close at the end of April, in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee early June 2022. I’ll also be adding more photo’s of some of your creative and wonderful activities, so if you want to share your photo’s and videos then please send them to me: Helen@moraybadge.org.uk.

DECEMBER UPDATE – RESCHEDULED OUR INDOOR ACTIVITIES UNTIL 2022.

Due to the FIRST MINISTERS ANNOUNCEMENT earlier this week and the rapidly rising number of Covid cases, the MBPJ have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the indoor activity sessions planned for this Saturday. I understand this will be a disappointment for all the MBPJ participants and also for the artists/creators. Be assured we will reschedule these activities for February, though with a different theme!

Meanwhile we’d like to wish all you amazing, creative, active and wonderful MBPJ participants a very lovely Christmas. We’ve heard that Santa has been keeping a close eye on your MBPJ activities, and is thrilled with what you’ve achieved already, so he will sure to visit you all this Xmas!

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year and have loads of exciting activities lined up for you, so please remember to checkout this website. All the best for now.

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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