group of past and present students from Ellesmere College attended Buckingham
Palace on Friday 20th May 2022 to receive their gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)
Fifteen current and former students were among the
10,000 DofE Gold Award holders hosted over two days in the beautiful Buckingham
Palace Gardens for inspirational speeches and fun activities.
The Gold Award Celebration at the Palace was hosted
by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex and Forfar (Prince Edward) and many
other well-known Olympians, celebrities, adventurers and inspirational speakers
were there to share their own stories regarding careers, life goals and extreme
physical endurance challenges that they have faced and overcome.
to the impact of the pandemic, this celebration event has been postponed a
number of times, like many, but it was great to see the event finally return
and an opportunity for our most recent leavers and pupils to come together and
celebrate their DofE Gold success, 2 – 3 years after they completed the award.
weather tried its best in parts to affect the day, but those DofE pupils have
been through far worse weather on their expedition trails and would not allow
it to dampen their enthusiasm for this day of celebration.
Those collecting their awards included: Sarala
Chatterjee, Verity Buglass, Charlie Munro, Will Davies, Charlie-Ann Williams,
William Mullock, Emily Rose Coupe, Josie Evans, Henriette Czech, Dan Samarji,
Tom Keay, Matthew Manton and Philippa Bowers.
Ellesmere College is the largest single contributor in Shropshire
to the DofE scheme as every student has the opportunity to go through it as
part of their co-curricular activities - directly or via the CCF (Combined
Cadet Force) - Army, Navy or RAF, to encourage the development of key life
skills, leadership, team building, confidence and independence.
Since it was launched, about six million people have taken part in
the DofE scheme and nearly three million awards have been presented. The scheme
was launched by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and has grown to the point today
where it is taken up by more than 10,000 institutions nationally each year,
including schools, prisons and youth clubs. It enjoys the support of more than
3,000 partner organisations and some 40,000 adult volunteers.
Jim Underhill, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Leader at Ellesmere College
commented on the awards: "This was a wonderful day for all our students
who took part in the scheme and obtained the Gold Award - it was an experience
to enjoy and will live with those who took part for the rest of their lives. We
are immensely proud of the achievements of all our gold award winners. They
work hard to ensure they complete their academic studies but the DofE Award
adds another set of life skills to help them in their future careers."
Headmaster of Ellesmere College, Brendan Wignall, said: "The
scheme is an asset to the growth and development of our young people across the
country. Taking part strengthens character and provides a unique perspective
and insight for those involved. It is amazing to think that this scheme helps
to prepare nearly half a million young people for life and work across the
country every year, we value it very highly here at Ellesmere College."
Our thanks go to HRH The Earl of Wessex for hosting this spectacular
event, and everyone who joined us to celebrate.
The DofE have pulled together a summary video to show some
of the highlights across the two days, please see the link here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3135285070017861
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