On the evening of the 26th of November 2019 St John Plessington Catholic College celebrated the achievements of over 130 students who have achieved a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We were joined by Dr Ian Lovegrove who has run scientific expeditions in Antarctica and Kevin Rogers who is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager for the Western Sub Region.
The evening had a wonderful feeling of community about it which was due to due to pupils being surrounded and supported by friends and family. Our guest speaker, Dr Ian Lovegrove shared incredible stories about living and learning within Antarctica whilst leaving us all to consider how we can constantly better ourselves through adventure, integrity, and generosity. Dr Lovegrove was very impressed at the achievements of our young people and offered particular thanks to parents and carers for their support.
This message was echoed by Kevin Rogers who congratulated students on their success whilst challenging them to consider what is the next step in their journey of development. Kevin also commented on the achievement of the College in offering this extra-curricular activity for so many pupils over a prolonged period of time. This is a testament to all of the support that students receive from staff, parents, and carers, without whom it would not be possible.
The final word, however, goes to our wonderful students who take on this immense challenge. It was lovely to hear of the many stories our pupils have about their Award which indicates that the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a real experience with memories that will last beyond their time at school.
The commitment and enthusiasm all of our pupils show towards this challenging yet invaluable award was embodied tonight in a celebration which not only rewarded success but inspired challenge.