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OUTSTANDING NUMBER OF GOLD AWARDS!

Words by Nathan Kelly (Year 12) 

DofE, Duke of Edinburgh, tends to have award receivers working like a pyramid. Firstly, there’s the Bronze Award, the bottom of the pyramid where many people receive this award in fairly large numbers. Above that is Silver where slightly less achieve the award. However, at the top, the piece de resistance of the award, the Gold Award sees few people pass each year. It’s a rare occasion for people to achieve the Gold Award, and few people of Sixth Form age tend to pass it. 

However, in 2014, a staggering 28 students from Rainford High Sixth Form have managed to pass the award. This is a truly outstanding achievement for both them and Rainford High itself. To complete the Gold Award, you must do 12 months of volunteering, and a physical and skill activity; one for 12 months and the other for 6. On top of that, an expedition of 3 nights in ‘wild country’ and a residential is required – the residential is a stay away for 4 nights doing an activity with people you do not know. The most interesting residential was taken by a student who went on an archaeological dig. 

It sounds a heavy work load, however Pete Thompson, leader of Gold DofE at Rainford Sixth Form, said all a student needs is ‘the determination to complete the course’ when they enter. It gives ‘new experiences and helps you improve team work’ said student Emma Barnes. But really, who wouldn’t enjoy learning great new skills and participating in an overseas expedition? Pete said ‘I chose to work at Rainford High to help as many students as possible and I believe the Duke of Edinburgh’s award to be one of the finest schemes designed to enhance youth development and ultimately the students’ future careers’ 

Thus, we can see the true reason why many students take part in the award at Rainford Sixth Form. Not only does the Sixth Form and Pete help the students, but the students help themselves. They enhance their skills, fitness and experience things they would have never seen; not to mention enhancing their CV with the award. As Pete correctly said ‘I am surprised more students do not enrol’. 

Rainford High, Pete and the students should all be immensely proud of their achievements in the Gold Award. 

All the students below will attend the Royal Palace (St James or Holyrood) on Wednesday 25th March 2015 to be presented with the award. 

2009/10
  • Sarah Liley
  • Tom Graves 
  • David Christian
  • Alexandra Webster
2010/11
  • Hannah Howard 
  • Hayley Mars 
  • Samantha Carine
  • Hayley Morgan
2011/12
  • Jack Rothwell 
  • Ben Guile
    Callum Holme
2012/13
  • Will Wharton 
  • Hayley Morgan
2013/14
  • Richard Adams 
  • Jonathan Bennett 
  • Ben Bridge 
  • Christopher Fairhurst 
  • Danny Jones 
  • Holly Kilshaw
  • Michael Lea
  • Craig McKee
  • Fergus Powell
  • Bradley Rigby
  • Alasdair Robertson
  • Nia Williams
  • Jess Best
  • David Heslop
  • Matthew Sandison
OUTSTANDING NUMBER OF GOLD AWARDS! OUTSTANDING NUMBER OF GOLD AWARDS!
OUTSTANDING NUMBER OF GOLD AWARDS! OUTSTANDING NUMBER OF GOLD AWARDS!