First Bede’s pupil to complete Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award celebrates at Buckingham Palace

June 3, 2019

Theo Silk, Upper Sixth pupil at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker, celebrated completing his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at a very special ceremony at Buckingham Palace this month.

Speaking about the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Completion ceremony, which welcomed over 1,000 guests, Theo says: “It was really exciting, and great to have the opportunity to meet so many people who had also completed the award and been through the same experience.

“The highlights of the day included meeting the Duke of Wessex and Paralympian Scott Meenagh. Scott, who lost both legs on a tour in Afghanistan and went on to compete in the Invictus and Paralympic Games, delivered a powerful speech and presented the awards. It was truly inspiring to meet him.”

Theo began his Duke of Edinburgh journey in the First Year, completing his Bronze Award in March 2017, Silver in January 2018, and Gold in February 2019. Ms Ali Rowsell, Assistant Head of Duke of Edinburgh at Bede’s, says, “Theo has completed all three levels to a very high standard and demonstrated excellent commitment to the Award, particularly the volunteering, skills, physical and expedition sections.

“Theo’s group is the first to have completed the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bede’s, and we are incredibly proud of them all. They have faced challenges head on with humour, determination and humility, and are thoroughly deserving of their accolades.”



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