Badington House School

Five ACS Cobham students awarded Duke of Edinburgh Gold

Published Tuesday 16th of April 2013 11:44:26 AM

This year ACS Cobham is celebrating a bumper crop of Duke of Edinburgh awards with over 25 students celebrating bronze, silver and gold achievements.

Five students have received their gold award and as part of their challenge, gold recipients completed a group expedition in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Spending five days hiking on average twenty kilometres a day, the group faced some hard climbs, in an area often used as a training ground for servicemen and women.

Students aged 15 to19 from ACS Cobham also received awards, many of whom have been working towards their bronze, silver or gold awards for a number of years.

Brittni Milner, an ACS Cobham student, who received her gold award, described her challenge:

'The Duke of Edinburgh award is made up of four challenging components each designed to develop a different ability. For the skills component, I decided to develop my musicality by playing the piano and concentrated on dance to complete the physical section.'

'I also volunteered with ACS Cobham's peer supporters, fundraising for charities as well as helping new students settle in at ACS. We also had to complete a five day residential community project in an unfamiliar location, so I spent a week in Namibia teaching lessons and refurbishing classrooms in Kutenhoas Primary school. Although it's hard work to bring together all the different elements, I really enjoyed taking part in the challenge.'

Luke Welch, Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator at ACS Cobham, commented on the ceremony:

'I'm always incredibly proud of the hard work put in by all our Duke of Edinburgh participants, who display an unwavering commitment to the programme, often over several years. The Duke of Edinburgh programme is incredibly important for students as it encourages them to develop a wide variety of skills and opens up a whole host of opportunities, they may not otherwise receive. It is always especially rewarding to see our students receive their awards after witnessing the journey they take through the scheme.'

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