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Golden experience for Heidi at Buckingham Palace

Posted on Sunday 24th June 2018 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of gold DofE award winner Heidi Sermulins chatting with The Princess Royal and holding her certificate.

A former student of Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been presented with her gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at a ceremony attended by several members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace.

Heidi Sermulins completed her bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards at BSCS and then joined a group of students from Bristol Cathedral Choir School to complete her ‘gold’ before she joined the Royal Navy.

In the ceremony, held in the palace grounds on Thursday 17th May, Heidi’s group from Bristol was addressed by HRH The Earl of Wessex and she was presented with her certificate by the actress Nina Wadia (best known for her role as Zainab Masood in the BBC’s EastEnders).

But this wasn’t to be the end of Heidi’s mingling with royalty, as her mum, Alex, explains:

“Later on, as we were walking around the palace gardens, The Princess Royal spotted Heidi in her Navy uniform and headed directly towards us to engage her in conversation. They discussed her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award achievements and the princess congratulated Heidi on attaining all three awards, which is quite unusual.”

More: Heidi says princess was "natural and engaging" »

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School leaders celebrate Duke of Edinburgh’s Award success at Buckingham Palace

Posted on Saturday 25th June 2016 at 9:31 am by SH (Editor)

Olympus Academy Trust leaders at a Duke of Edinburgh's Award presentation.

Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) leaders were recently invited to attend a once-in-a-lifetime Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event, the trust was presented with a special plaque from the DofE charity, acknowledging their commitment to running the DofE and thanking the organisation for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

The DofE is celebrating its diamond anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve the awards since it was founded in 1956.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex joined those that were present including school leaders, charities, corporate sponsors, and of course most importantly, many young people who have completed their Gold Awards over the last 60 years!

Led by the Olympus Academy Trust, Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been delivering the DofE for four years. In that time, more than 60 of its young people have achieved a DofE award after volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit and going on an expedition.

Participation continues to grow, with another group of 55 students currently working towards their awards from across the Trust.

The award is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

More: Students encouraged to push themselves outside comfort zone »

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BSCS students show “real commitment” to achieve Duke of Edinburgh Award

Posted on Thursday 14th January 2016 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Duke of Edinburgh Award winners at Bradley Stoke Community School (l-r): Sophie Brain, Rachel Bennett, Megan Batty, Tom Dinham, Rebecca Halford, Alex Jackson, Callum Wilson, Rebecca Nash, Harry Wide, Jemma Smith, Emily Smart, Lucy Osborn, Lara Carnell and Chloe Lewis (all receiving bronze awards).

The latest group of students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) to successfully complete their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards have been presented with certificates.

Both levels of the award involve completing a programme of ‘volunteering’, ‘skills’ and ‘physical’ activities that lasts up to twelve months.

The scheme culminates with the ‘expedition’ phase and the bronze award students completed their 24-hour expedition in Cheddar, while the silver award students completed their longer 48-hour version in the Forest of Dean.

Tom Hill, associate leader and director of post-16 at BSCS, said:

“Students should be exceptionally proud of the hard work and dedication completing a Duke of Edinburgh award involves. It is a real commitment, and it is for that reason it is so highly valued by universities and employers alike.”

“This year, our Duke of Edinburgh numbers have grown and we have more students than ever working towards completing the award. We have record numbers (29 students) working towards the bronze award, a good number doing the silver award and we have our first ever gold award group – let’s hope they complete theirs because they would collect their certificates from St James’ Palace!”

Photo: Sophie Brain, Rachel Bennett, Megan Batty, Tom Dinham, Rebecca Halford, Alex Jackson, Callum Wilson, Rebecca Nash, Harry Wide, Jemma Smith, Emily Smart, Lucy Osborn, Lara Carnell and Chloe Lewis (all receiving bronze awards). [Hi-res photo available on Facebook and Flickr]

Other award winners from 2015 who are not in included in the photo are Daniel Davey (bronze), Alice Higginson (silver) Alixander O’Connor (bronze) and Heidi Sermulins (silver).

This article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Local Explorer Scout presented with Gold DofE Award at St James’s Palace

Posted on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Mollie Lockett with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award certificate.

A Bradley Stoke Explorer Scout has achieved the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award after completing challenges across five disciplines over a period of more than four years.

Mollie Lockett, 19, was invited to St James’s Palace, London, on 11th March, to receive her award in the presence of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

Attending the Solar Explorer Scout Unit in Stoke Gifford, Mollie took the first steps towards her DofE Award at the age of 15, working through the Bronze and Silver levels before commencing the Gold programme when she turned 17.

Each level of the award requires the completion of activities in the five categories of volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential.

To make the grade, Mollie volunteered at her previous Scout group for over three years, learnt to drive and play the piano (skills), learnt ballet and trained in the gym (physical) and completed a number of expeditions with her Explorer unit.

For the Gold award, she had to organise a week’s residential with an organisation that helps the community in some way. For this, she worked with CHICKS, a national children’s charity that provides free relief breaks for children who are under-privileged, disadvantaged, living in poverty or are carers themselves.

CHICKS offers children a week long relief break at a number of locations around the UK, getting to go on what could be their only holiday that year. Mollie attended the CHICKS retreat centre in Cornwall and helped with a variety of fun activities including trampolining, horse riding, a day on the beach and face painting.

“It was an amazing experience for me and was great fun for the children too,” says Mollie.

Her Gold expeditions consisted of hiking in the Brecon Beacons and Rhayader. Each of these hikes involved walking for four days and ‘green fielding’ for at least one night.

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