A Sixth Form pupil has had her Royal appointment confirmed after successfully completing the final stage of a prestigious outdoor learning initiative.
Jenny Johnson, a Year 13 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, will be one of the guests at the annual Duke of Edinburgh Award ceremony at Buckingham Palace, which will be held on Thursday, May 17.
The 18-year-old received the invite after successfully completing her DofE Gold Award after coming through a series of gruelling expeditions, in addition to community work and other aspects of the course with flying colours.
She said: “I was overwhelmed when I find out I had achieved the Gold Award. Not many people manage to do this, so it is an accomplishment I am proud of.
“There were so many positives to look back on and the whole experience, in general, was very worthwhile.
“The expeditions were so hard because every day the weather was terrible and it was really testing.
“The worst part was knowing you had one more night in a wet tent or another trek to make in the mud, but the support we gave each other as a group was very motivating and this really got me through some tough times.”
Jenny was supported throughout the whole process by the ultra-enthusiastic Dr Jim Lewis, DofE co-ordinator at the school, together with other helpful staff who are always on hand to offer advice, support and encouragement which has brought a significant amount of success for the programme.
She also spent time volunteering at Rydal Penrhos’ Prep School as part of the award, where she assisted with the Nativity Play in 2016 and also aided Year 2 with their reading tasks on a separate volunteering stint.
“I would like to thank Dr Lewis for all his hard work in pushing me to achieve my goal, I am not sure I would have got through it without him,” added Jenny.