Duke Of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a new opportunity at NHESC for the first time in 2016-17. It is the world’s leading youth achievement award available to a limited number of our students who wish to ‘push personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance their CVs by being be the very best they can be.’ The young people do this by committing to participate in three on-going activities as well as undertaking one-night expedition.
The school is following the Bronze Award allowing enough time for all the sections to be completed in one year but students can achieve sectional awards and would still have several years after leaving NHESC to be able to complete the full Bronze Award through another Duke of Edinburgh centre which staff would direct them towards.
There are currently a number of students already actively involved in a variety of different activities including:
- assisting the elderly and monitoring new bird boxes for the volunteering section
- improving abilities in table games and pool for the skill section
- attending boxing training sessions for the physical section, as well as other individuals regularly engaging with football/rugby teams at weekends
In the Summer Term 2017, seven students will begin their training to prepare them to be the first NHESC group to complete the expedition section.
A Duke of Edinburgh student playing the guitar to residents at Robert Humbert House in Letchworth
A Duke of Edinburgh student chatting with residents and helping to serve
The Co-ordinator for Duke of Edinburgh is Paul Thompson