Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze and Silver Presentation
Monday 4th July 2016
Congratulations to 68 of our Queen Anne’s pupils who have recently collected their certificates and pins for completing The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver Awards. During a lovely event in the School Chapel, the girls collected their awards from West Berkshire Council’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, Linda Clark. It was an opportunity to celebrate the girls efforts at completing two very tough expeditions and the remaining 3 sections of each Award – Skills, Physical and Volunteering.
Mr Blunt and Mrs Eagle were delighted to see so many completions. Leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, organisation, confidence, and determination to see a commitment started and seen out to the end are just some of the qualities The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme evidences for University application and future employers. It provides the opportunity for young people to try out new activities, make new friends or simply to recognise and reward what a young person already does.
The United Learning Trust recently interviewed a whole host of major UK and Global employers as to what they considered to be the most important activities undertaken at school outside the classroom. Boots PLC, BT Group, Civil Service, 3i Group, Vauxhall Motors, Herbert Smith Freehills, Honda UK, Diageo, Corus Group and British Energy Group were just some of those companies interviewed. Interestingly, of the Top 28 most desirable responses the companies identified, Queen Anne’s ticks 25 of them. Testament indeed to how many opportunities the girls have during our extensive extra-curricular programme. Top of the pile in rank order was The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Well done girls and keep going! Mr Blunt is 100% confident that we will have another presentation event during the coming academic year that will again see giant numbers of girls celebrating successful Award completions. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Queen Anne’s goes from strength to strength. Seventeen L6 girls have set out after Speech Day and Prize Giving on Saturday 2 July to face the beautiful scenery and challenging mountains of Cumbria in the Lake District in pursuit of their Gold Award so we wish them well.
Written by Mr Gary Blunt, Head of Duke of Edinburgh Gold at Queen Anne’s