Our Year 12/13 Gold group participants have completed their gold expedition training and practice expedition successfully. They have walked in Hope Valley in the Dark Peaks to practice their map reading and navigating skills in wild country, facing the challenges of terrains and the heavy rucksacks. They worked as a group to face all the elements thrown at them and are now ready for the qualifying expedition on the 20th to 23rd July in the Brecon Beacons.
Congratulations to our Year 10 Bronze participants who have completed their Bronze canoeing qualifying expedition on the 22nd and 23rd June. The expedition was organised by our approved
activity provider, Stanborough Park Activity Centre, who trained and assessed the expedition. They received training for this expedition on the 9th and 10th June. The qualifying expedition was from Bedford to Huntingdon and they camped in St Neots, by the river. During both expeditions, they learnt to cope with locks, other boats and discovered some stunning sites by the riverside. The weather was brilliant for such an expedition and the students had a fantastic time. They even had time for a swim!
Our 55 Year 10 Walking participants are preparing their Qualifying Expedition around Broxbourne area. Each group has prepared their route, the aim they need to study during the expedition and meal plans. They have trained for this expedition on the 11th and 12th May and are ready to complete the expedition on the 12th and 13th July.
A big thank you to Miss Bowen and Ms Bradbury for their invaluable assistance!
DofE Event to meet a Prince!
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.