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Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Achievements Celebrated

17 Mar

Over 300 pupils, parents, invited guests and staff gathered together on Thursday 16 February for the College’s annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Celebration Evening. 

It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on pupils’ achievements in Outdoor Education and in particular to celebrate those who have successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Will Bower, Head of Outdoor Education, began the evening by summarising the last year, speaking about the positive impact exposure to the outdoors has on us all. He spoke about the College’s commitment to Outdoor Education and the variety of activities pupils take part in. He talked about the commitment pupils make in undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the independence, perseverance, strength of character and sense of humour they show and how seeing their achievements in such a wide variety of activities is a great privilege.

Then the College was delighted to welcome special guest and Adventure Athlete, Darren Grigas. In a motivating speech Darren spoke about the challenges and joys of completing trips in the Namib Desert, Outer Mongolia and Panama, and his journey from desk bound job to world adventurer. He spoke about his motivation, goals and how ‘ordinary people’ can do great things when they commit to a challenge.

Across the evening, pupils were presented with their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Certificates to mark the completion of their Awards.

Also in attendance on the night were Richard Lea from our expedition partners, Peak Pursuits, Mike Fletcher, Trustee and Volunteer Leader on the Gold Programme and Assistant Head Co-curricular, Neil McCollin. We were delighted they were able to join us in celebrating pupils’ achievements.

Mr Bower, commented, “The Awards celebration was a superb opportunity to get together to celebrate the achievements of our young people. I am staggered by the breadth of their endeavour to do their Awards and do them well! I hope pupils have enjoyed the challenge and that their experiences will serve as a stepping stone to future endeavours.”

There is still time for anyone who has not quite completed their award to get it finished. Pupils are encouraged to attend the Tuesday lunchtime eDofE drop-in clinics for help.