HRH The Earl of Wessex visits Stanwell School
Posted on: Monday 03rd October 2016
HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Stanwell School in Penarth as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (DofE) Diamond Anniversary celebrations to see first-hand the difference the Charity makes to young people and communities in Wales.
Stanwell School has the largest number of DofE enrolments of any secondary school in Wales with over 500 young people working towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The school has also recently delivered a bespoke DofE Young Leader programme so that 24 students can support the delivery of the DofE in school and in the community.
Seren Marsh, who completed the training, commented: “The Young Leaders programme has greatly improved my leadership skills and confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed the training weekends as part of the Young Leaders course and can’t wait to begin leading a DofE group. We participated in team building activities which will then be used to help deliver part of the DofE programme after school to the Bronze participants.”
“We are excited to be celebrating 60 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It’s clear that the DofE Charity is an integral part of life at Stanwell School and it has played an invaluable role in the development of thousands of young people. An enormous thanks must be given to the staff who work tirelessly to ensure that every DofE Participant and Young Leader makes the most of this opportunity”
Chloe Parselle, who has begun working towards Gold Award said: “I began volunteering for my Silver Award in September 2014 at a care home. I decided to continue as the placement is an important part of my university application for medicine, which requires experience in a care environment. I’m grateful for the opportunity, as I would not have had this valuable experience if I hadn’t started volunteering here first as part of my DofE Award”.
The weather did not put off the many children who stayed after school to welcome The Earl. During the visit The Earl listened to the choir that had performed earlier in the day at the WMC and took part in team building exercises led by the Young Leaders. After the activities a reception was held in the Year 13 Study Area, where there was a presentation of certificates to other local schools running the DofE.
Many thanks go to Huw Boucher of Year 9, who played the harp beautifully during the reception and to the sixth form pupils, who waited on the many guests. Also our photographer, Zac Dyer, who left Stanwell School this summer and after a gap year will be studying photography at Falmouth University.
Also during the afternoon, pupils took part in a special Diamond Challenge event at Cardiff International White Water Centre, where they braved rapids and a high ropes course to raise funds to support the DofE in Wales.
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