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D of E Gold Awards

D of E Gold Awards
Karen Smith

Canfordians receive Gold Awards at the Palace

Four OCs who achieved their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold last year received their awards at St James’ Palace from HRH the Earl of Wessex on Tuesday 5th February.  Pictured outside the Palace are David Bourne, Della Kearns, Alby Stevens and Fred Saunders.


Canford offers Bronze and Gold Award options and both give pupils the opportunity to develop their skills.  To achieve the Gold requires particular dedication and commitment with five major sections to complete over a lengthy time period.   The Volunteering element requires 1-2 hours each week for a year and can be partially completed within the Canford Enterprise Scheme which runs on Monday afternoons, with qualifying activities including CCF, care for the elderly and teaching in first schools.  The Physical element is 1 hour per week over up to 12 months outside timetabled major sports, while the Skills requires 1 hour a week over the same period and the Residential 5 days/4 nights spent away from home and friends.  Finally the Expedition involves navigation skills and 4 days of expedition practice before an assessed version, generally in the UK but sometimes further afield.


Dan Culley, in charge of the Canford DofE programmes, commented:  “The organisation, motivation and focus required to achieve a Gold Award are considerable and many essential skills are developed in the process which are respected by universities and valued greatly by employers. Many congratulations to our most recent award winners at both Bronze and Gold level, and I am sure that all Canfordians currently undertaking their awards are benefiting greatly from the challenge.”


As the Award website states:  “Achieving your Gold Award is a big deal. It shows that you have the skills, determination and mentality to really succeed.  So it’s only right that you get a proper celebration of your achievement. Our Gold Award Presentations (or GAPs for short) are just that.”

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