Following months of dedication and hard work, 50 of our Year 10 students proudly walked onto stage to finally accept their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Having started the programme in 2017, these committed kids embarked on multiple challenges in order to obtain this prestigious award. This includes hours of volunteer work, documenting the learning of new skills, taking up a sport, and a long expedition which was reminisced with fond memory on the night.
Firstly, the audience were treated to a fantastic violin performance from Bronze achiever Patrick Lockyer. Ex-student Laura Gallagher, who is now the 2017 British trampoline champion and World & European medallist, also gave a motivational speech about the struggles of her journey to success. Laura spoke about the highs and lows of life and the challenges everyone faces, highlighting to the students that determination and dedication can get you where you want to be. Headteacher Mrs Canham reflected upon this and further congratulated the Year10s on their fantastic achievement. We were also joined by Marjorie Rigby who's late husband and ex Haygrove teacher Bob Rigby started the DofE programme in Haygrove.
Mrs Clark (Head of Outdoor Education) said “The award can be challenging to all students. Some may find learning a new skill difficult whereas others might not be used to the physical aspect of the programme. As well as an excellent addition to their CVs, the award allows young people the opportunity to try new things and thrive where they may not have thought they could before”. Presented by Head of Year Miss Mitchell, Mrs Clark and Laura and special guest Marjorie Rigby (Leader of the Marjorie Rigby DofE Bursary) the students accepted their certificates and badges in the school hall as proud parents applauded to celebrate their brilliant success.
Mrs Canham, Dr Tye, Mr Hellyer, Mr Stott, Mr Wheeler, Mr Dibble, Mr Moule, Miss Mitchell and to DofE Chaplain Rev Chris Brown also recieved gifts as without their help and guidance the award scheme would not be able to go ahead.
Full Bronze Duke of Edinburugh Award Achievers
Jasmine Alexander, Megan Bates, Gabrielle Blagg, Jonathan Brown, Cameron Bryan, Finn Chaffey, Tyler Coleman, Hope Collard, Brandon Cook, Zara Crane, Lizzy Creedy, Archie Creedy, Ellena Criddle, Annalise Dyer, Alex Evans, Nathan Evans, Erin Faulks, Robert Ford, Tegan Griffiths, Oliver Hicks, Kieron Hopkins, Ali Hossein, Olivia Hutchings, Isabel Innalls, Molly Ison, Rosie Jones, Liberty Kenny, Patrick Lockyer, Ruben Marshall, Natasha Mayell, Charlie McCallum, Caragh McKenna, Tom Middleton, Holly Moule, Kaylyn Myzylowskyj, Jennifer Nichols, Joe North, Morgan Pearce, Lorna Peaster, Jessica Porter, Lauren Pritchard, Joseph Redman, Harry Saunders, Tegan Shirley, Archie Stannett, Oliver Tolchard, Natalia Trunks, Molly Turner, Oli Washer, Rachel Western, Mannon Wilson, Jack Williamson
Section Award Achievers
Aidan Casey, Oskar Downer, Thomas McDonald, Gabriel Morton-Thomas, Riley Oliver, Oliver Smith, Dirk Wheeler.