Golden Day – Buckingham Palace

Golden Day – Buckingham Palace

Golden Day at Buckingham Palace

Six of our former students and two of our present Year 13 gathered in London on Monday along with hundreds of other young people who have recently completed their Gold DofE Award.  This was a special day in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to celebrate their achievements and to inspire them to use what DofE has given them to fulfil their dreams in life.

There were motivational addresses given from satellite stages by, amongst others, the adventurer Alice Orange, who is the first to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents dressed as a fruit or vegetable, and Kiell Smith-Bynoe from TV sitcom Ghosts.

We gathered below the west terrace of the Palace, and spot on 4 o’clock the national anthem marked the arrival of Prince Edward, who addressed the crowd from the steps, praising their achievements, but fluffing his own lines as he got the name of guest speaker Matt Tebbutt wrong!  The popular TV chef talked of how he took steak on his expedition but failed to give his son enough food for his.

It was great to hear from our students, how things they started in DofE are now shaping their lives.  A sports coach in DofE is now in charge of the inter-mural sports competitions at university, having gained confidence through expeditions and the Gold residential.  Another has just returned from a solo two-month trip round Australia, whilst another has picked up her volunteering with Brownies again whilst at university in Glasgow.
After a few photos and a royal cup cake we were played out by the royal bands, leaving the egyptian geese, which had invaded the royal tea tent, in peace. 

A reminder that enrolment for the Gold Award is now open for Year 11.

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