Year 9 pupils at Rydal Penrhos have officially begun their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme journey under the expert supervision of staff.
Since it began in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds and is now widely recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. It certainly is a real adventure from beginning to end for our pupils at Rydal Penrhos, which helps them develop their independence and leadership qualities among many other things.
Rydal Penrhos is a Duke of Edinburgh Directly Licensed Centre and offers all three levels of the Award, beginning with Bronze in Year 9, continuing on to Silver in Years 10 and 11, and culminating with the prestigious Gold Award as Sixth Formers.
The programme can be full of activities and projects that get each pupil excited, allowing them to develop existing talents and discover new ones, whilst meeting new friends and learning a great deal about themselves along the way.
The Award Scheme at Rydal Penrhos is supported by several enthusiastic staff, who are highly skilled and assist greatly in maintaining exceptional standards that enable our DofE candidates to reach their respective goals.
Members of Year 9 have now officially embarked on their Duke of Edinburgh Award journey after activities were permitted to resume following the period of disruption surrounding COVID-19. Accompanied by staff, the Bronze Award candidates participated in a walk across the picturesque Conwy Mountains before the end of term, which was their first actual real-life navigation exercise.
They displayed outstanding resolve and supported each other extremely well, developing their skills and improving communication to ensure they stayed on track throughout.
This was a very worthwhile exercise for the group, who will progress through other elements of the award upon returning from their well-deserved Easter break. Well done to all!