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Duke of Edinburgh Award Achievers

Forty Year 11 pupils received their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award certificates and badges at a celebration assembly held just before the Easter break. To attain their award pupils had to participate in four major activities:

Firstly, pupils participated in a 3 month skills development programme that covered topics such as leadership skills, conflict resolution, team building, anti-bullying campaigns and first aid.

Secondly, pupils participated in a 3 month physical activity development programme. This largely involved playing volleyball after school each Wednesday. Though other pupils had their netball, swimming or basketball achievements recognised.

Thirdly, pupils had to volunteer to support the wider community for an hour a week over 6 months. This involved pupils supporting local primary pupils in their after school clubs, acting as Youth Health Champions, prefects, mentors and sports leaders.

Lastly pupils had to successfully complete two overnight expeditions carrying their own equipment, sleeping bags, tents, food and clothing. They had to work in teams and navigate using a map to find the location of their camp.

Mr. Larkin, lead teacher for the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme in Frederick Bremer commented ‘I am extremely proud of this group of young people who have shown that they are  independent, resilient, capable and have a fantastic team ethos. They deserve every congratulation’.