This week, 5 Lomond School pupils attended a presentation in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from Georgie Barratt, presenter of the Gadget Show.
Barratt gave a rousing speech, encouraging attendees to be determined when following their path to achieve their goals and dreams.
Pupils were honoured to meet with the Earl of Wessex and share their experiences with HRH who commended their determination and commitment to the scheme.
During the Gold Award Presentation, the Duke of Wessex congratulated the group on completing their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication. In total, 17 Lomond School pupils completed their Gold Award this year and pupils will also attend presentations at Holyrood.
Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in Wild Country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the DofE programme is well embedded in Lomond School culture, with 62 pupils achieving an award in 2017.
Achieving the award is not easy. It’s not meant to be. But, trust me, it’s worth it. That little lapel badge tells the world they have achieved; they are resilient, determined, adventurous, compassionate, responsible, inquisitive, reflective, courageous and standing in the beautiful late Spring sunshine in Buckingham Palace Gardens last Thursday, they were happy. A truly memorable day.Janet Macleod
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