Luisa de Sá Carneiro Beirão, the national director of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Portugal, visited the school to give 23 of our students their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The following students were given the Award: Alicia Poston, Cameron Dent, Cláudia Gaspar, Cormac Fagan, Danielle de Sousa, Emily Fellows, Filip Gewert, Indy Griffin, Isabel Ferreira, Jack Craddock, Jasmine Wragg, Joseph Miller-Cheevers, Laiana Farias, Lucas Lopez, Maria Jordan, Max Borges, Mackenzie Burr, Melle Ouwens, Robin Last, Sasha de Groot, Sieb Enthoven, Sofia Kronendonk Horta, Sophie-Emanuelle Saraiva.
This was the culmination of a year´s hard work and determination by the students; some developed a sport, some learnt a new skill and others helped out in the community as well as all taking part in a two-day walking expedition.
Duke of Edinburgh Award lead teacher Matt Harris said, “I would like to congratulate the students on their success and thank Ms Rita Farropo and Mr Joe Walker for all their time and effort both at school and at weekends to help me support the students on this journey. I am looking forward to more students achieving their Bronze Award at the end of the year and to our first Gold Award participants finishing their course. This is a fantastic programme for the school to be involved with and we always welcome new applicants. Not only are the challenges involved hugely enriching for the students and for the life of the school, universities and employers hold the awards in high esteem.”
There are three levels of programme in the Duke of Edinburgh Award which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. The main differences between the levels are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age students can begin them. Bronze can be started at age 14, Silver at age 15, and Gold at age 16. There are sections included in each award for volunteering, physical challenge, skills section and expedition section. Activities can take a minimum of one hour per week and can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant´s 25th birthday.
To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Nobel International School Algarve please contact Mr Matt Harris via email@example.com