A group of 18 Year 11 students have received their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award at Heart of England and have been given certificates and a badge to mark the occasion.
At a special presentation overseen by Mr Livingstone, who runs the scheme at school, the successful students were given their framed certificates by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award representative Rachael Hewison.
Rachael is a gold award holder and also has a special diamond award that she gained last year during the DofE’s sixtieth anniversary year. She took up one challenge a month for a year which included fire walking!
The students have been involved in a number of challenges over several months, leading to the award. Activities have included participating in sport, volunteering for sports coaching and community work as well as skills such as theatre performance, cooking and playing an instrument.
In order to qualify for a bronze award, each activity must be carried out for a minimum of 3-6 months. Activities can be in one of three categories: volunteering, physical or skills.
Mr Livingstone said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is now firmly established in our school culture. We’ve seen real benefits for students in terms of character building, overcoming challenges and development of friendships.”
The DofE Award has been in place over the past year and has gone from strength to strength. In the first year there were successful bronze awards and now during this second year there will be silvers to add to the bronze. “After this year we have enough commitment to do gold too,” said Mr Livingstone. “Year 12 will be the best year for this.”
Founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award helps young people gain life skills with a variety of activities from volunteering to physical challenges and is valued by employers and universities. “I am pleased to see how many Heart of England students have achieved an award so far, said DofE representative Rachael. This will really stand out on their CV and put them above the crowd.”