Students celebrated receiving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in recognition of their hard work.
Over the last year the students have been completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh programme which consists of four sections; Skills, Volunteering, Physical & Expedition. The students chose to give up their own time out of school to complete these sections.
Volunteering in the community was the section where the students helped different charities working with both adults and children such as football coaching, working in a charity, visiting an old people’s home and helping care for horses. The range was vast and the students represented the school amazingly.
“The expedition was such fun, it was wet, cold and muddy but I became closer with other students as we had to work together. This award wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it” - Green team.
“We got lost, but we sorted it and found our way back on track ourselves, when really all we wanted to do was give up, BUT WE DIDN’T” - Orange team.
“We were students who have never hung out together all the time we’ve been at this school, yet since DofE we’ve become close friends, which under normal circumstances would never have happened” - Yellow team.
The groups were amazing to work with and all persevered when it was difficult and learnt to depend on themselves working together as one, it was brilliant to watch. The award is recognised by companies, colleges and universities and is a really positive in the future. The students will be able to give answers to “Can you explain when you worked as a team?” Can you explain when you found something challenging and how you overcame it?” Can you explain a time when you showed leadership?” These key questions in an interview are things these students can now demonstrate and call on positively. Mr Strydom and I couldn’t be more proud of the students, they were all amazing to work with. Mrs T Bown (Westgate DofE Manager)
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