Gold D of E Awarded at Palace
Three ex-Nailsea School students who achieved their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards in 2016-17 were invited to St James’s Palace, London to receive their awards on the 19th March. There they met Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex who came to talk to them in a small group and the celebration was an intimate and candid affair. The event marked the end of at least a year of volunteering, developing new skills and physical challenges including a four-day camping expedition.
Gaining the Gold DofE Award is not easily accomplished and of the 2016/17 active cohort of half a million only 2.8% achieved the Award. We congratulate them on their success, and give thanks to Miss Hitchings and Miss Dee for supporting them through their DofE Award levels.
Bronze D of E Presentation Evening
Students celebrated achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award at a Presentation Evening organised by
Mr Deacon, Nailsea School D of E Award leader. Students gave a presentation about how they achieved their award and spoke about the expeditions they had undertaken, as well as the teamwork and skills involved.
Mr Deacon talked about the number of hours the students had volunteered and the benefit of the scheme not only to the individuals taking part in award but also to the wider community.
Mrs Elliott congratulated the students on their achievement, commenting on their tenacity and determination. The overriding theme of the Headteachers’ speech was about a quote that she had pinned to her office wall ‘collect moments, not things’, she talked about how life experiences become crucial learning opportunities and about how the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme enabled students to experience these opportunities in a nationally recognisable framework. That the experiences of friendship, teamwork and other life skills were invaluable.
Students interested in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme should approach Mr Deacon for further information.