Duke of Edinburgh adventurers rewarded

HAPPY The students with their certificates
HAPPY The students with their certificates
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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ADVENTUROUS students who made a commitment to volunteering and teamwork were applauded at a Duke of Edinburgh awards ceremony.

One gold, two silver and 35 bronze certificates were handed out to boys and girls from almost every single secondary school in Portsmouth, including Harbour Special School.

The event at Portsmouth College was attended by guest speaker, the explorer Bryn Morgan, and certificates were presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Frank Jones.

Clare Anthony, 18, a former Portsmouth High School student who is now sitting four A-levels at South Downs College in Waterlooville, won gold.

To get the accolade she volunteered for the army cadets, played piano and did pilates every week for a year – as well as undertaking a four-day trek in the Peak District.

She said: ‘It was pretty hectic but I’m glad I did it.

‘Doing the Duke of Edinburgh has given me a real sense of achievement.’

There are 937 young people across the city who have signed up to the scheme.

Harry Wilkinson, chairman of the city’s Duke of Edinburgh support forum, said: ‘The atmosphere was great and I take my hat off to all the young people who have made the commitment and achieved certificates.

‘They’ve all proved themselves to be well-rounded, resilient team workers.

‘The should all be very proud of themselves.’