students celebrate Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Friday October 8, 2021

At the start of term, a group of Concord’s Lower School students celebrated their achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – the world's leading youth achievement award – during an assembly presentation. The 11 students, Jane, Martha, Natalie, Zoie, Marike, Cheryl, Benjamin, Roman, Alex, Georgia and Yassin successfully completed their Bronze Award – the first of three award levels available. During the opening Lower School assembly of the year, the students from Form 4 and Form 5 were awarded with their official certification and pin badges by Mr Andrew Weaver, one of the College’s DoE Coordinators. As award participants, the students had to take part in four key components:
  • Service
  • Physical Recreation
  • Skill
  • Adventurous Expedition
For current Form 4 student Ben, reflecting on the award, he said: “The timings were volunteering for 3 months at a club, business or organisation, 6 months of physical recreation of our choice and 3 months of developing a skill, each with at least 1-hour of participation per week. “For the final two-day expedition, in small groups, we walked roughly 15km a day, also cooking our own meals and camping overnight at Concord – due to Covid-19 restrictions. “We were well-prepared for this thanks to training time, where our teachers would prepare us for the expedition in different ways, practising the skills we would need.” Ben, who is keen to progress onto the Silver Award, added: “The main new skill I learnt was navigating using a map. The award has been great – I particularly enjoyed the final expedition.” Fellow Form 4 student Georgia chose a variety of sporting and musical components to achieve her award, including dog walking for volunteering, swimming for physical recreation, and learning to play the violin for her skill. Speaking of the support during the programme, Georgia said: “Every week, Concord ensured we had time to meet in groups and log the work that we’d done and achieved, as well as ask questions and get further support if needed. “Closer to our final expedition, we developed organisational skills such as route planning and doing kit-checks. “Whilst my group did get lost and arrived back late from the expedition, it was part of the learning process – it was still really fun, and I can’t wait to take part in Silver this year!”