Duke of Edinburgh Award Evening

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze 2013

Congratulations to all the students who completed and achieved the Bronze Award.

In November, Meadowhead School held its first ‘Evening of Celebration’ to present certificates in recognition of the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm shown by our students throughout the DofE challenge. Award presentation 1

There were stunning and moving  performances from Olivia Martin and Eleanor Wildgoose on the piano, Rebecca Lee sang a number from ‘Cats’ whilst Bronte Hobson demonstrated her ukulele skills as she accompanied Holly Parker singing; showing that Meadowhead students have definitely Got Talent!

 

 presentation of certificateThe journey for 59 eager students began in January 2013 with weekly training sessions, including first aid, map reading and camp craft skills, all essential preparation for the expedition weekends. Students then took on new skills such as learning Italian, dog training, playing guitar, ukulele, piano and singing; the physical challenges including football, zumba, gym, swimming, horse riding and walking. The volunteering section enabled students to provide a service within the community assisting with mentoring, homework support, Boccia for disabled, church steward, fundraising events, helping the elderly, helping children with baking and craft skills.

The expeditions took place over two weekends, a practice and the qualifier. In order to be successful, the DofE 20 conditions have to be fulfilled which includes 6 hours of planned activity, walking, teamwork, preparing and cooking a hot meal and camping.

 girls on the expedition

Sue Johnson our development officer from the DofE centre said, "It was an absolute pleasure to assist with the Expedition training for the Meadowhead students last year.  The young people were enthusiastic, polite and very keen to learn.

I was most impressed with the Volunteering activities the young people chose; they showed great maturity & confidence in arranging these.  Speaking to the young people they appeared to enjoy this section immensely.

We are very proud of the achievements by the Meadowhead students & congratulate them on their DofE success."

 boys on expedition

Very well done to all students – a team to be proud of.

 7 girls on the expedition

A huge thank you to all staff who have given their time freely to support our students during the 2013 Bronze Award.

Mrs J. Cooke
DofE Coordinator