DofE Awards Presented to 114 Collingwood Students
Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards presented during this special evening.
The Collingwood College DofE team hosted a fantastic evening of celebration last week on Tuesday 2 October to congratulate the 114 students who have received their DofE awards this year. The successful evening was well attended by students and many proud parents, grandparents and siblings! The evening opened with a photo montage of all the students on their various expeditions and an outstanding performance of ‘Flowerdance’ on the piano by Wendy Li, one of the Year 10 Bronze Awardees who used piano playing as her DofE skill.
We were also proud to welcome a number of VIPs to the special celebration evening including the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Dan Adams, the Lady Mayoress Sarah Adams and Jack Mason. Jack is a 19 year old local singer/songwriter who appeared on the 2017 TV series of the X Factor. He made it through to the ‘judges houses’ stage with Louis Walsh and although he didn’t quite make it to live shows last year, it has certainly not held him back from striving to achieve his career goals.
Jack kindly helped to award certificates to all the students who achieved their Bronze awards before delighting the audience with a breath-taking rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. This was incredibly inspiring for the students, teaching them to set their sights high and to never give up on their goals, even in the face of a few setbacks that may happen along the way. Jack can regularly be seen busking in the local area.
Following the Bronze Awards, Chloe Stedman and Hannah Barratt spoke about their challenges and experiences on the Silver Award this year. They had some very tough expedition weather, ranging from snow on the practice expedition in the New Forest to a heatwave on the exposed South Downs when they were being assessed on their qualifying expedition! The Silver Awardees were then presented with their badges and certificates by the Mayor, Councillor Dan Adams.
Although there were three students who achieved their Gold Awards this year, Holly Blackburn was the only Gold Awardee able to make the celebrations. Holly spoke beautifully to the audience about what she had done for each of her sections and the rewarding Residential project she went on for the extra section of the Award that is required at Gold Level. Hopefully she has encouraged a great many others to go for Gold! Holly was then presented with a certificate from Collingwood College by the Mayor and is currently awaiting an invite to one of the Official Gold Award Presentation days at one of the London Palaces to collect her official Gold DofE Award certificate and badge.
Towards the end of the evening the Mayor said a few words about the amazing achievements of the Collingwood College students and the value of taking part in programmes such as the DofE Award Programme. Wendy Li played a well known ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ theme tune as all the Awardees assembled on stage for a group photograph.
The DofE Award team would like to thank everyone who contributes to the Award Programme at Collingwood and who provides Collingwood students with such excellent opportunities and support throughout the year.
Miss Evans - DofE Co-ordinator