Duke of Edinburgh's Award 2011 - 12

We are now in our 5th year of involvement with the D of E and interest and participation levels continue to grow. We have enrolled 29 pupils in third year into our Bronze Level and their first walk took place on Saturday 3rd December. Twenty six of the current fourth year pupils are putting the finishing touches to their Bronze level which they began earlier this year. Twenty of these pupils plan to move on and start the Silver award. Pupils in fourth year who are currently not involved with the “Dukey” will be invited to start at Silver level to take up a few spare places. Forty Five Pupils in fifth year are currently completing their Silver level.

In addition, we have 14 pupils currently working towards their Gold level. These pupils have formed two groups, one planning to undertake their expedition in Canada, the other thinking about a trip nearer to home walking 50 miles in remote and wild terrain near Fort William. Both groups have organised a number of fund raising events including cake sales, running a “tuck shop” at discos, a Gig in Glasgow city centre and a “Women’s night” in Torrance. All of these events have proved to be hugely successful and illustrate the level of commitment, enthusiasm and range of ideas that all of these pupils have towards achieving their Gold award.

East Dunbarton has organised its second Duke of Edinburgh award evening on 29th February to present certificates to all pupils who have achieved an award in the past year. We hope to be represented by a large number of pupils. Mention must be made of the staff who give huge amounts of time in school, walking and camping with the pupils as part of the preparationwhich allows them to complete their challenging expeditions (15 miles for Bronze, 30 for Silver and 50 for Gold) in a safe manner. A special thanks to Miss McAllister, Kirsty Mills and PC Pete.