July 10, 2019

Nobel International School Algarve Gets a Royal Visit

Three students in Year 13 at Nobel International School had the privilege of receiving their Gold Prémio Infante D. Henrique “Proud to be the Duke of Edinburgh International Award” from the Duke of Bragança earlier this summer.

Cameron Dent, Maiya Farrer and Kiara Farrer were all presented with certificates which were the culmination of 18-months of hard work that saw them all develop a new skill.

Cameron achieved Grade 8 piano, Kiara competed in a 1600m open swimming event and completed community service, and Maiya worked with primary school students to help them with their reading.

The students also took part in a residential experience, with Cameron attending a Medical School preparation week at Oxford University.

As a team, the students also trained in expedition skills in the mountains of North Wales and then completed a four-day, three-night assessment in the English Lake District, where they walked for more than 80km carrying food, kit and navigating wild countryside.

The Duke of Bragança was accompanied by Luisa de Sá Carneiro Beirão, National Director of the award in Portugal. They were welcomed by Head of School Mike Farrer, Head of International Maria Tomé and Prémio Infante D. Henrique “Proud to be the Duke of Edinburgh International Award” teacher leaders Matthew Harris and Joe Walker.

During the awards ceremony Kiara emphasised the sense of achievement gained and the opportunity it gave her to learn new things about herself.  Maiya and Cameron said they felt better equipped to deal with challenges they may face in the future.

Kiara said: “I feel that this Award encourages discovery, self-awareness, leadership, an appreciation of the environment and essential skills for life and work. I look forward to continuing the lessons learned as I move forward.”