Here’s our review of an incredible year. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Ridgeway goes from strength to strength.
With the successful completion of another bronze assessed expedition at the end of June, this year’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award season came to an end. The award goes from strength to strength, with the number of participants growing from year to year. This year has seen the presentation of the school’s very first silver awards.
Work towards three of the four elements of the award — volunteering, skills and physical — goes on throughout the year. In December, we welcomed Matt and Danny from the youth organisation Hype, who offered practical activities for our students to help them fulfil award requirements, particularly in the volunteering section.
The spring term proved to be a frustratingly difficult time for preparations for the fourth element of the award — the expedition. On a number of occasions, scheduled training walks had to be cancelled due to the risk of inclement weather — even as late as the end of April!
An absolute highlight of the year was our bronze award celebration evening. The ceremony was to honour the achievement of the forty-one students who completed the bronze award last year. Special guest Nicky Cage, DofE operations manager for the region, presented certificates and pin badges to the students in the presence of proud family and friends.
In May, fourteen Year 10 students — our first ever Duke of Edinburgh’s Award silver cohort — made Ridgeway history over the Whitsun weekend, successfully completing the three-day assessed expedition element.
In June, we were delighted to welcome Nicky Cage back into school. Nicky was here for a very special award presentation to two Year 10 students — Georgia Morrison and Leo Winstanley — who received their silver certificates and pin badges.
Mr Taylor said:
Georgia and Leo are the first Ridgeway students to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at this level. It is a fantastic, groundbreaking achievement, the culmination of nine months of hard work.
I am exceptionally proud of our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and the opportunities it offers for new experiences and for students to challenge themselves. This was another milestone in the school’s history.
Well done Georgia and Leo — you are outstanding role models. I look forward to making further presentations in coming months, as other students follow where you have led.