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Gold Awards for MSJ Girls

Duke of Edinburgh

Congratulations to Isobella Bradshaw and Lucianna Ghobrial who have just received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates at St James’s Palace.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a national and international Scheme of Achievement recognized worldwide. To be awarded a Duke of Edinburgh badge and certificate at Gold level, Isobella and Lucianna spent nearly 2 years following an individual programme of activities comprising 5 sections. Both had to be highly committed and motivated to see the programme through. They learned skills, (playing drums and piano), they volunteered by fundraising for local charities, Isobella played lacrosse and Lucianna followed a gym programme for 18 months. They also went away on a residential course to study medicine. Both completed a 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.

Lucianna and Isobella are both planning to pursue careers in medicine - careers in which responsibility, commitment, caring, leadership and teamwork are very desirable qualities. Their participation in the D of E scheme will have helped them enormously towards their goals.

Lucianna said ‘I'm on my gap year which has been fantastic so far. I've been abroad to teach English in an orphanage and I'm currently volunteering at Great Ormond Street hospital. I am looking forward to going abroad as part of a hospital mission trip to Nairobi in the summer. And also I've just received my unconditional offer for medicine at Kings College London, which is wonderful news.’

Isobella is studying Anatomy and Human Biology at Liverpool University and is really enjoying her course.

There is more exciting Duke of Edinburgh news on the horizon, as Caitlin Lavin (Year 13) and Lianna Beesley-Peck (2012 leaver) are both due to collect their Gold certificates on 25 March.

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