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Celebration for DofE Students

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Falmouth School’s Outdoor Education Department hosted the first ever Duke of Edinburgh Celebration night for student’s passing their silver and bronze awards over the past year. A Duke of Edinburgh Award is so much more than a 'pat on the back' for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who've achieved a D of E Award.

In September of last year Falmouth School became a Direct Licenced Centre (DLC) to operate the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The scheme helps develop young people for life and work, which saw students take on physical challenges, volunteer and hone their skills before a final expedition.

Attendees on the night welcomed guest speaker and adrenaline junky Gary Bullen, who spoke to students of the similarities between the toughness of an expedition and his journey to both the north and south poles. Deputy Mayor Trish Minson also attended to present students with their awards on what was a successful evening.

Outdoor Education lead, Mark Philpott, said

“The evening was a huge success with a 100% attendance from students and their families. A Duke of Edinburgh Award speaks volumes about a student. It shows that they have drive, determination and leaderships skills, but also that they can work as a team and can make a difference to their community. We want all of our students to develop these positive characteristics which will help them to become a valuable member of society when they leave school.”

Posted on: 8/02/17

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