Over 50 students celebrated, with family and friends, achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze or Silver Awards at our annual presentation evening held on November 21st. The evening was hosted by our Outdoor Education Coordinator, Mrs Cath Clark, and local Headteacher of Stogursey C of E Primary School, Mr Gary Tucker, was the guest speaker. Mrs Clark reminded the assembled youngsters of some of the challenges they had faced over the past months whilst completing all three sections of their Award: learning a new skill, volunteering and taking part in a weekend trek that included camping overnight on Exmoor.
“It was a privilege to be invited to attend and speak at this wonderful event. I am hugely impressed by what the students have accomplished and would like to encourage them all to carry on challenging themselves and thinking about how they can continue to make a positive contribution to their community” said Mr Tucker.
Silver Award recipient, and Haygrove School Head Boy, Bradley Croucher played the piano which he had learnt as part of his Skill Section criteria. He then spoke to the audience very movingly about his visit to Kenya where he had the opportunity to contribute to providing a sports tournament for children school children. Brad used this experience to complete the Volunteering Section of his Silver Award.
Mrs Clark pointed out to the audience that, “Haygrove School’s participation and completion rates for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards are extremely high; this year 88% achieved their Bronze Award and 92% gained Silver. I am overwhelmed each year by the hard work the students put in, and also extremely grateful to all the volunteer staff and parents that support them all to succeed.”
Newly appointed Headteacher, Mr Aaron Reid attended the evening and was presented with his first Duke of Edinburgh Supporters Badge, a token of the support the school has given the programme over the years. Mrs Marjory Rigby, wife of Bob Rigby who started the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme at Haygrove School and who now sponsors an annual bursary for Award participants, was unfortunately unable to be present this year, but enjoys regular updates on the progress of the Award at the school and the activities that the young achievers are involved with.