To celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), Options College Shifnal were invited to attend a once in a lifetime celebration at Buckingham Palace, on Monday 16 May.
Over 15 students have been encouraged to get involved in the DofE Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold level since the College became a Directly Licensed Centre. They have benefited from learning vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were in attendance at the presentation for their participation and support of the millions of young people in the UK and across the globe who, since its foundation in 1956, have achieved DofE Awards.
British Paralympian, Lord Chris Holmes, presented Headteacher Julia Saint and DofE Teacher Glyn Williams with a plaque to commemorate Option College Shifnal’s commitment to DofE, whilst praising the School and the other DofE centres for their resilience, creativity and passion.
Delighted with the award, Julia Saint said:
“It is an honor for the school that we have been recognised in this way and in such beautiful surroundings as the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The students that take part in the DofE awards are encouraged to independently choose activities and challenges that help them develop as individuals and teach them valuable skills for the future. It is really encouraging that our students have not only benefitted from the bronze award participation, but have chosen to commit to the silver award this year.”
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
About the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary
2016 is The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s Diamond Anniversary, celebrating 60 years since the DofE was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956.
During its Diamond Anniversary year, the DofE will celebrate the achievements of millions of young people across the UK and the world whose lives have been transformed by their DofE experience, thank the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that have made that experience possible and fundraise for the future, so that the DofE Charity can continue to reach out to more young people.