On Thursday 28th January friends and family gathered together to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students’ success in achieving their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards, during an event held at Hope University Chapel. Student involvement in the programme continues to go from strength to strength with eighty-two Year 10 students completing the Bronze award and forty-six Year 13 students receiving their Silver award.

This special ceremony marked the culmination of a range of challenging activities undertaken by our students over the past year including volunteering in the local community, developing new skills and interests, adopting a new physical activity and the most challenging aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh programme, an expedition. Headteacher Mr Pennington congratulated our students on reaching such significant milestones in their Duke of Edinburgh journey and praised them for their commitment to the programme.

Our special guest this year was Alan Hinkes OBE. Alan is the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains. These are the fourteen 8,000 metre peaks, all of which are in the ‘death zone’, where human survival rate is measured in hours. Classified as the most dangerous mountains on the planet, Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat. Alan proudly declared that he still possesses all ten fingers and toes, a rare accomplishment for mountaineers who regularly battle some of the most challenging weather on the planet.

We would like to thank Alan for delivering such an inspirational and informative speech. Thanks also goes to Jo Roberts, Mrs Preston and Mr Lennon for supporting our students throughout.

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