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Senior Headmaster's Blog: The challenge of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

One of the highlights of the year is seeing pupils take on the challenge of Duke of Edinburgh. Recently I was asked about my Diamond DofE certificate, which probably sounds more impressive than it really is! 

I had to admit that it was awarded in 2016 (the 60th anniversary of the DofE scheme) for participating in fund raising for the scheme's charities, through the Common Room Choir, which performed at the summer concert three years ago. 
 


That proved so popular that the choir has been put back together this summer, and will be singing at the Summer Celebration Concert on Wednesday 26 June, 7pm at the Bandstand, and 7.30pm in Chapel), just in case you needed any extra reason to attend.

Of course, our proper DofE candidates are currently out taking part in their expeditions, either in Yorkshire on the North York Moors, or down in Hampshire in the New Forest. Their timing with the weather has been excellent, for once, but the scheme continues to provide opportunities for challenge for the individual and self-development. In fact, much of the award matches up well with the pillars of the Round Square, with Adventure, Leadership and Service all central to the award. 

The Gold Award, in particular, continues to be seen as a very positive aspect of any CV, demonstrating a willingness to get involved, and to take responsibility. This is why it is such an important part of the wider curriculum, and I would encourage as many of the students to take part as possible in the future.

Chris Townsend
Headmaster