Pupils reach Duke of Edinburgh milestones

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SENIOR pupils at Lathallan School have been successful recently in achieving their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Started in 1956, the scheme tests the personal qualities of young people aged between 14 and 24 across a personal programme of activities in four sections at bronze, silver and gold levels - volunteering, which involves candidates undertaking service to individuals or the community; physical, to help improvement in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities; skills, to develop practical and social skills and personal interests; and expedition, which involves planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

Gold also includes a residential element, staying away from home for five days and four nights working on a shared activity with other candidates. Young people have free rein in the choice of their activities which aim to help the development of fitness, skills and initiative.

Lathallan is now a fully accredited member of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which means the school can award the various levels of Duke of Edinburgh achievements without an external body which is unusual for a school the size of Lathallan.