Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening

“On Thursday evening we once again held a very successful presentation evening for the Duke of Edinburgh award” writes Mr Gubbins. “Last year saw the largest numbers ever complete the Bronze and Silver awards and as a result we had over 150 pupils and parents attend, with over 55 pupils being presented with their certificates. It was a night to celebrate in the successes of the young people and a chance to reminisce about their experiences. There is so much more work that goes into completing the award than just the expedition as many people believe. This in fact is only a quarter of the award. For the Bronze award pupils are expected to complete a minimum of 3 months’ physical activity, new skill development and volunteering; with one needing to be 6 months. For the Silver award this increases to a minimum of 6 months for two of the sections and 9 months for the other. Therefore, each pupil needs to demonstrate resilience, organisation, independence, teamwork and leadership to name a few skills. Miss Challinor and I are very proud of all the pupils who have completed their award and are looking forward to starting the next section with them in the near future as we are once again offering the Silver and hopefully Gold award this year. If you have not yet completed it, it is not too late. As soon as you get all your evidence on to the eDofE system we will issue your certificate. It would be a shame to complete all the work required and yet fall at the final hurdle. As ever, if any pupil needs support with their DofE Miss Challinor and I are more than happy to help.

Look after your certificates as it is the only piece of evidence to have to prove you have completed the award and wear your badges on your blazer with pride. You have all worked extremely hard and you should be delighted of your achievements. Well done!”