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Students recognised for Duke of Edinburgh Award efforts




There is no escaping that we live in a digital world where electronics rule our lives. There seems to be an app for everything; setting programmes to record on our TV when we are out of the house, internet shopping or even to tell us directions of where to go. There is however no app for completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

For this, young people have to get out of their comfort zones and off their game consoles, completing various sections as well as taking part in two expeditions.

Those students who have completed their Award at all three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold were recongnised at a presentation evening held at Spalding Grammar School.

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Gold award recipient Ashleigh Holmes of Spalding Grammar School. Sponsors Spalding Lions with David Sharpe of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme (centre). From left: John Steel, Stuart East, Trevor Gilliatt and Elaine Mothers. (5579393) Spalding Grammar School students with their certificates. Spalding High School students with their certificates. University Academy Holbeach students with their certificates. Duke of Edinburgh representative David Sharpe with Millie Howard and Ashleigh Holmes. Golden girls Millie Howard and Ashleigh Holmes. Gold Awards recipient Millie Howard of University Academy Holbeach.

In total, 120 students from the Grammar, Spalding High School and University Academy Holbeach came together to recognise their amazing feat. After some speeches from the individual schools, D of E Regional Manager, David Sharpe presented the students with their awards.

At all three schools, the D of E Award continues to grow and it cannot run without the support from a small band of staff volunteers.

Grammar PE teacher and Head of Moulton House Chris Crane said: "We are grateful for the hours, evenings and weekends that members of staff have given up to train and advise the students and to supervise on the expeditions.

"We are also grateful to a number of local charities and organisations who continue to support the award by providing much-needed donations, which are used to purchase vital expedition equipment.

"Finally, we would also like to thank the parents for their continued support and for ensuring that the students are kitted out with the correct equipment."



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