A GROUP of Academy pupils have took part in the necessary tasks to received their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Sixth year pupils, Ewan Cameron, Campbell Watson, Stuart West and Evelyn Rendall, along with Daniel Bruce who has moved onto Aberdeen College, have successfully completed the award, covering the four main sections, volunteer, physical, expedition and skills.
Beginning the award at the end of their fourth year, each section has a minimum time requirement of between 3 and 6 months and the pupils have worked well to stick to their deadlines.
Completing the tasks in their own time, the pupils agreed that the award has provided them with skills they would have otherwise not developed, including reading maps and using co-ordinates, and working closely with their nearby community. Agreeing that the expedition, which began at Brucklay Estate and finished at New Byth, was the most enjoyable part of the project, the pupils said they would definitely suggest taking part in the award to other pupils.
Campbell said: “We all really liked the expedition, taking part in the award has given us many skills. But I think we have all agreed to not go any further as we are in amongst exams now and applying for University.”
Group leader, Eileen Watt, provides the pupils with relevant information as and when they need, and points them in the right direction of who they should be speaking to and what the should be doing.
“The pupils have been so committed and have put a lot of good work and time into achieving their Bronze awards,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for 15 years now and I’ve really enjoyed working with the kids and the sense of achievement when they have all finished it’s great. Having the award gives them something else to put on their CV and University applications and it has been great to see them enjoying new challenges as well as learning from them.”