Headmistress, Mrs Jane Prescott, Assistant Head, Mr Graeme Field and Duke of Edinburgh Awards Centre Manager, Mrs Felicity Marshallsay, from Portsmouth High School, attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace last week.
The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.
Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, Portsmouth High School hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.
Mrs Marshallsay, DofE Manager at Portsmouth High School attended the presentation. Speaking proudly about their involvement with the DofE, Mrs Marshallsay said:
‘Portsmouth High School has held a licence to deliver the DofE for two years and I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special. We are also proud to say that Victoria Thurlby and Zarina Robson, alumna from Portsmouth High Schoo,l received their Gold DofE Award at the Palace on the same day.’
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin. Signing up to The DofE Diamond Challenge has an amazing double benefit – whilst challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries, you’re also raising money for the DofE Charity so that it can transform the lives of more young people and offer free places and bursary grants to those most in need.
Picture shows left to right: Headmistress of Portsmouth High School, Mrs Jane Prescott, former Chief Pilot of British Airways‘ Concorde fleet, Mr Mike Bannister and Duke of Edinburgh Awards Centre Manager, Mrs Felicity Marshallsay, Portsmouth High School photographed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Photograph courtesy of Tempest Photography