On Tuesday 26th June, a group of Year 10 and 12 students attended an event at the University of Hertfordshire that was visited by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.
The event involved a number of schools and youth organisations that take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Each school show cased an element of its offer to students that was special or different.
The Year 12 students who attended the event were Jasmine Gaydon and Caitlin Watts (Stanborough’s very own Duke of Edinburgh Ambassador) and the Year 10 students were Josephine Clayton, Charlie Earnshaw, James Hardy and Charlotte Kerr.
The Prince arrived right on time and then visited each stall. We he finally arrived at the Stanborough Stall he first spoke to the Year 12 students, Mrs Elliott and Luc Elliott (a former student who achieved the Gold Award) about how the Award runs at Stanborough and the upcoming expedition to the Brecon Beacons. He then moved on to the Year 10 students who spoke to the Prince about their kayak expedition for the Bronze Award that they had completed only a few days previously.
The students were confident with the Prince and had a good conversation with him. He commented on how fortunate they were to have the option of doing their expedition in a variety of ways.
After his tour of all the groups, two lucky students (Caitlin and Josephine) were then able to go upstairs for a special lunch with the Prince where the discussion continued (lots of small talk about tennis I hear!).
This was an amazing opportunity for our students, not only to meet a member of the royal family, but to also show off the fantastic work that the students do to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Well done to all those who attended and many thanks as ever to Mrs Elliott for running and organising the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Stanborough which is such an amazing opportunity for our students.
More Gold for Stanborough!
Mrs G. Elliott, Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator, writes:
Stanborough School is very proud that two ex-students, Ronnie Syme and Charlotte Bell, collected their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Certificate at St James Palace during a presentation attended by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Adam Hills, comedian from the Channel 4 comedy talk show ‘The last Leg’. The students completed their award whilst studying at Stanborough School in Y12 and Y13. The Earl expressed his admiration for the motivation and resilience demonstrated by the Gold Award Holders. Congratulation to Charlotte and Ronnie, this award will stand out on their CV and give them a competitive edge in the job market.
A Visit to St James Palace
Mrs G. Elliott, DofE Co-ordinator, writes:
Stanborough School is very proud that three ex-students, Lawrence Bearman (now at Nottingham University), Jodie Philips (Bournemouth University) and Luc Elliott (Liverpool University), went to St James Palace, on Thursday 12th October, to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award certificate during a presentation attended by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The students completed their award whilst studying at Stanborough School in Y12 and Y13. The Earl expressed his admiration for the motivation and resilience demonstrated by the Gold Award holders, as this award is very challenging. The overall message of the presentation is that a Gold Award is always prized by employers as it demonstrates important qualities in a future employee. This was a great honour for both students and their parents.
We are also very pleased that one of our participants, Caitlin Watts, has been appointed as a Duke of Edinburgh Ambassador for Stanborough School. This is a one year position and Caitlin’s role will be to promote the benefits of the Award to younger students. She will also be entitled to some leader training at Windsor Head Office. We wish Caitlin the best of luck in her new role.