Thursday evening saw the School’s annual celebration of our students’ success in achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the World’s largest award programme for young people, and the School runs the programme at all three levels of the Award; Bronze, Silver and Gold.
This year has been very successful for the School with a total of 107 awards, 65 Bronze, 24 Silver and 18 Gold. This shows the hard work of our students and the commitment and dedication of the ever growing team of volunteer staff from within and outside the School who contribute not only their knowledge and experience but also their time to support and encourage the students.
The evening was themed around the “Volunteering” section of the Award Scheme. Throughout the evening the audience heard from a number of students about their own volunteering experiences, which included volunteering for Oxfam and Amnesty International, a local Cat Rescue Charity and the Caistor Heritage and Arts Centre. There was music from a group of students who performed their own version of Eminem and Rhianna’s hit ‘Monster’ and a photo presentation of our DofE volunteer staff in action behind the scenes during this year’s expeditions.
One of our former students and Gold Award Holder recounted his experiences in continuing to volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which has seen him complete volunteering duties at a number of Royal DofE Diamond Anniversary Celebrations during 2016.
The highlight of the evening was our Guest Speaker, Emily Cummins, who delivered her truly inspirational story of how her award-winning sustainable inventions have made a real difference to people in poverty stricken regions around the world. All proceeds from the fund raising raffle during the evening, together with a contribution from the School will go to Emily’s nominated charity, Jen’s Special Place.
To see photographs of the event please click here