4 OKS Receive their Gold DofE Awards

On Monday 10th February, four OKS (leavers of 2019) accepted and celebrated their well-earned Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards at St. James' Palace. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a youth award programme that has run since 1956. In order to achieve a Gold award, participants must complete five sections including; helping the community, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training and completing an expedition. Gold participants also have to work with a team on a residential activity. 

The group of OKS accepted their award from Prince Edward. Bea Ninham (CY 2014-2019) tells us about the award-giving ceremony:

I, along with Jaime Lain (LN 2017-2019), Eva Garrard (MR 2014-2019) and Jack Lisser (TR 2014-2019) had the pleasure of visiting St James’ Palace on Monday, to receive our Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. Although not Buckingham Palace, where others go for the summer prize-giving, It was not a day to forget. Meeting Prince Edward in such a stunning building was such a surreal experience, making the achievement of completing our Gold even more rewarding. It is the end of a long journey, which at times may have seen impossible, walking through bogs and wading through rivers in the rough terrain of the Scottish mountains. However, I am so grateful to have been able to go through with the whole experience, having learned so much from it all, and could not recommend it enough to anyone else who is up for a challenge. 

Well done Jamie, Eva, Jack and Bea! 


To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh programme, please click here.

Read about their trip to St. James' Palace on Monday

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