Students receive Gold DofE Awards at Buckingham Palace
Four Gryphon students were guests at Buckingham Palace last week as they collected their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Josh Whittick, Jacob Brazier, Emelia Neville-Jones and Lewis Perry from travelled to London for the prestigious event where they were presented with their awards by Dr Vanessa Lawrence (Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey). They were also delighted to bump in to former Gryphon student Tom Blake who left for university last year but was collecting his Gold award on the same day.
The award presentation is the culmination of four years hard work by the students – completing their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. As well as the well-known outdoor expeditions, they had to also complete the required volunteering and skills sections and the physical training elements. They have also been involved in fundraising to support the scheme at the school which is completely self-funding.
Josh said “I started my Bronze DofE award in 2014 and have worked through all 3 – the Gold expedition was the most challenging by far, with our team of six walking 20km each day for 4 days, completely self-sufficient carrying food, water, cookers and tents. The biggest thing I learnt from this experience was to keep going in difficult situations.
Geoff Cooke, who runs the Gryphon’s DofE scheme said “We are incredibly proud of these students receiving their Gold award from the palace. We have seen their hard work over the last few years, and it has paid off – they have achieved their Gold award but more importantly they have developed important skills which will last a lifetime. They are fantastic role models for the younger students in the school who are contemplating starting on the DofE scheme”.