December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Years of hard work and commitment came to a golden end last night for dozens of youngsters from across Norfolk.
Twenty-seven young people were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at City Academy Norwich, as their parents and county dignitaries watched on proudly.
Behind each of their awards lay a journey of more than two years, during which they have demonstrated their dedication in five areas: physical activity, skills, volunteering, a residential activity and a group expedition.
Opening the ceremony, gold award holder Kirsty Walker told her peers that they had reached their goal through collaboration.
“We are achievers, not winners. You have not achieved at the expense of one another: you have achieved because of one another,” said the former Methwold High School student.
The candidates came from schools including Downham Market Sixth Form College, Hethersett Old Hall School, Wayland Academy, Wymondham High, Wymondham College, Thorpe St Andrew High School, while there were several independent candidates.
Each will visit St James’s Palace in the coming months for a ceremony with Prince Edward. Last night, they were presented with their badges by the Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, the Hon Mrs Alex de Bunsen.
Councillor Brian Hannah, vice chairman of Norfolk County Council, also attended to congratulate the young people on their achievements.
He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic thing: it gives young people confidence, and shows them things that they would otherwise not come across. There is value in offering it to as many young people as possible.”
Former Wymondham High student Sarah Ford said she thought the Duke of Edinburgh Award had won her her place at the University of Lincoln to study primary education.
“I think it was the difference. It stood me above other candidates,” said Miss Ford, 19.
“I learnt so much about teamwork and working with other people. It’s definitely been a building block to my future career.”