The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme continues to thrive here at School.
New enrolments this term have welcomed almost all of the Year 9 pupils on to their Bronze award, as well as record numbers of Year 10 pupils embarking on Silver and Year 12 pupils keen to take up the challenge of the Gold level.
Expedition training for all these participants is already well under way, preparing them for expeditions taking place throughout 2019.
Towards the beginning of this term, two Year 13 Gold teams successfully completed their expedition assessment, an arduous four-day and four-night journey through forty miles of the Rhinog Mountains, overcoming challenging conditions of both weather and terrain.
At a similar time, the Year 11 Silver team spent three days trekking in the Clwydian Hills, linking up with a previous journey that they began back in the very hot summer weather.
On both expeditions, our pupils impressed their assessors with excellent teamwork, a sense of independence and great technical ability. All completed their expedition section with confidence.
Over the past twelve months, a total of 54 Rydal Penrhos pupils have successfully completed all sections of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: 37 at Bronze level, 14 at Silver, and 3 at the highly prestigious Gold level.
Each of these achievements represents the culmination of organisation, commitment and dedication to the various sections, not to mention the demands of self-sufficient days and nights spent out in the hills.
At Bronze level: Isabel Bateson, Lydia Gilman, Ellen Jones, Eddie Hackman, Juan Rajagopal, Niamh Smith and Phoebe White.
At Silver level: Kevin Farrell, Harry Hackman and Adrian Lewis.
And at Gold level, a fantastic achievement for our head boy, who will be travelling to St James’ Palace to receive his certificate next year, Head Boy Nicholas Fiorita.