Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a national and international Scheme of Achievement recognised worldwide. To be awarded a Duke of Edinburgh badge and certificate at Gold level, each girl needs to complete demanding sections covering 5 different areas, Volunteering, Skill, Physical, an Expedition and a Residential Programme.
This year 8 girls have completed their Gold Award: Victoria Shui, Eleanor Revill, Wan Mecasuwandamrong, Angela Lui, Rosie Baird, Shanya Roberts, Teresa Hui and Charlaine Yam. Each has spent nearly 2 years following an individual programme of activities comprising the 5 sections. They all had to be highly committed and motivated to see the programme through. Their activities have ranged from climbing, gym work, horse riding, helping with the Prep Department, beekeeping, medical seminars, cookery courses, a kick-boxing course in Thailand, helping at Revitalise (a respite care home) and playing the guitar. They have also completed a challenging 4 day expedition in the Yorkshire Dales, going over the Three Peaks of Yorkshire (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) laden with tents and enough food and gear for 4 days, as they needed to be totally self-sufficient for the whole journey.
The idea behind the scheme is that it is a balance to academic studies, fostering self-reliance, responsibility, independence, leadership and teamwork. It encourages the participants to learn new skills, meet new people and to be of service to others. We can testify that these girls have gained a huge amount from their participation in the Award and it bodes well for their future careers. They will be invited to go to St James’ Palace in London to receive their certificates in the presence of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.