On the evening of the 20 November, Truro School hosted a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation in the Chapel. Alan Dodd, DofE Operations and Development Officer for Cornwall and Devon, came down to present the awards to the participants.
In his opening speech he expressed the excellent track record that Truro School has with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; having a completion rate of over 80% compared to the national average of 45%. He continued to explain why the scheme is so beneficial to the students through developing their independence, organisational skills and self-confidence, whilst also being recognised and respected by universities and employers alike for the attributes it incurs.
On the night there were 56 Bronze and 30 Silver participants who were awarded with their certificate and can now wear their badges around the school with pride. To finish the evening, Olivia Mannall and Maddie Davidson gave a presentation on the Gold Award expedition to Slovenia before we awarded 3 participants, Hugo Heard, Jonny Innes and Chloe White, with their gold badges. These three participants will soon travel up to St James’ Palace to receive their Gold certificate from the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
I must thank all those who have supported the students in gaining their awards this year, including staff, parents and prefects who have all given up their time and effort to ensure that Truro School Outdoor Pursuit opportunities are safe and well organised.
Outdoor Pursuits and Activities Coordinator