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Abbotsholme Pupils take part in Diamond Anniversary celebratory walk with HRH The Earl of Wessex

Published Wednesday 11th of May 2016 09:12:21 AM

Abbotsholme pupils were given the honour of walking in the Peak District with HRH The Earl of Wessex in celebration of the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Abbotsholme pupils between the ages of 13 and 18 who are in the middle of or who have completed their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, joined HRH The Earl of Wessex in the Peak District for a walk. For the pupils it was very familiar territory, since not only is it used for DofE training and expeditions, but also School hikes, camps, climbing, walking and Outdoor Education learning and in many cases since the age of five in our Prep School. Abbotsholme was selected – with three other schools – as the school is an extremely successful DofE centre, offering the award to a consistently high number of pupils and delivering one of the highest completion rates in Derbyshire. Pupils got the chance to chat about their Award and what they are doing along the way with HRH The Earl of Wessex. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this year, having helped to transform the lives of millions of young people in the UK and across the globe since it was founded in 1956. To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE-inspired challenge and earn a limited-edition DofE Diamond Challenge pin. For young people aged 14-24, undertaking a DofE Award offers a unique opportunity to grow as young adults, gaining valuable life experience while developing essential employability skills. Setting their own challenges and learning practical skills helps to prepare each individual for the world of work. Abbotsholme pupil Tara Witcomb, who recently became the Schools youngest recipient of the Gold Award said of her experiences, “I spent five days at Blackpool Zoo as part of my residential section because I loves animals and it was a challenge to arrange and get to the location making the whole residential part an adventure in itself.” “I spent my expedition canoeing on the Caledonian Canal, managing to sail across Loch Ness with a makeshift sail, and volunteering on the School farm, covering early morning feeds and lambing duties.” “The experience has been amazing and I definitely recommend the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme to anyone considering doing it.” As a Trustee and a Gold Award holder, HRH The Earl of Wessex has championed the DofE for many years. As part of the Diamond Anniversary, The Earl of Wessex is travelling around the UK to help celebrate the hard work of DofE Volunteers, the successes of DofE participants, and he will also be joining participants as they undertake their own DofE Diamond Challenges. To find out more about The DofE Diamond Challenge and get involved visit: www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org HRH The Earl of Wessex will be visiting a number of regions continuing his DofE Diamond Anniversary Tour of the UK until October.
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