Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards for students

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A group of 30 young people from across Aberdeenshire visited Holyrood recently to collect their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards.

Trustee for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex, presented the awards.

A total of 43 pupils and former pupils achieved the Gold Award this academic year, up from 20 in 2016 and 18 in 2015.

At all levels, 400 young people have achieved Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards across Aberdeenshire during this school year. 255 Bronze, 102 Silver and 43 Gold awards have been achieved across the 18 Duke of Edinburgh Centres in Aberdeenshire.

During the Gold Award Presentation on July 5, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the group on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys.

Gold award participants in particular demonstrate outstanding commitment to the programme by participating in 12 months of volunteering, completing 6-12 months of learning a skill and doing physical activity, and going on a four-day expedition as well as a five-day residential.

Gillian Owen, Chair of the council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee said: “Congratulations to all of those young people. It is great to see so many achieving at the highest level and as well as being a huge achievement for the participants, this is also a great accolade for the council employees and volunteers who support the programme locally.”