Wednesday 18th October we gathered together for the annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ceremony. Over the course of the last year twenty MIS Grade 9 students and four Grade 10 students completed and attained their Bronze and Silver Awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is the worldwide leading youth achievement programme and recognised around the world for the impact that it has on personal growth and development. The Award encourages young people from the age of 14 to learn more about themselves, others and the world around them by developing new skills, keeping physically active, engaging in service and undertaking an adventurous journey.
Over the course of the past year each participant has undertaken their own unique Award journey- choosing for themselves their projects for the skills, service and physical sections- learning how to set goals, manage time and motivation and discovering new passions and talents along the way. Through the expedition section participants were trained in the hard skills needed for undertaking their own independent expedition (two days Bronze and threee days for silver) – map-reading, navigation, campcraft, first aid, camp cooking. Through the process of working together in small teams they developed important soft skills such as problem-solving, team work, leadership, resilience and perseverance as well as learning how to survive for a few days without technology!
During the award celebration students also presented their expedition aim reports- sharing their observations of the expedition environment – flowers, trees, mushrooms, weather, water and insect and their appreciation of the great outdoors.
A fantastic achievement – congratulations to all the new Bronze and Silver Award holders!