More young people join Duke of Edinburgh's schemePosted: 18th November 2020
Another cohort of young people have signed up to challenge themselves during lockdown.
Students at Forest Hall School have taken on the physical, skills and volunteering tasks set by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The programme pushes young people out of their comfort zone and gives a chance to enjoy the outdoors, build resilience and understand the importance of teamwork.
Despite Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the school is giving students an opportunity to working towards the Bronze Award.
Eight more students have signed up to the challenge since the start of the new school year.
Sarah Power, enrichment lead, said: “We are very proud of our students who have chosen to take on this additional qualification while stuck in lockdown. More than ever, they need something different to focus on. It is very easy to get stuck in a rut of sitting in front of the TV, computer or phone.
“It is important for them to stay fit and look after themselves, as well as take on new skills.
“They are so driven; so enthusiastic to take it on at such a difficult time. It’s brilliant to see the children participating.”
Remote activities have included trampolining, cooking, crocheting and volunteering at Daisy May’s Farm, in Elsenham.
Students provide evidence of their work during lockdown with written statements, photos and videos to qualify for the award.
Year 9 Courtney Joynson said: “I am doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to build my confidence, to learn new skills and to prepare myself for life.”
The award culminates in an expedition, which will be completed once restrictions are lifted.