The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) continues to be a significant part in our pupils’ journeys through St David’s College. Every year we have at least a handful of pupils receiving their Gold Awards from a member of the Royal Family at St James’s Palace.
It’s at this time of year we are reminded of a special chapter in SDC’s history of involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh initiative. On November 10, in 2005, the school had the honour of hosting a very special guest, HRH Earl of Wessex Prince Edward.
The event celebrated the school’s success in guiding pupils to achieve their Gold Awards and happily coincided with the school’s 40th Anniversary.
During the visit, the Prince took a whirlwind tour of the school, seeing all of the activities and learning experiences our pupils enjoy from falconry, climbing, sailing, off road driving to the Silent Flight Club. A talk with pupils who worked in Uganda the previous year was arranged, and they shared their moving experiences from their time in the country. As a lover of performing arts the Prince was given a special performance of the school musical for that year, Bugsy Malone and the assembly hall was completely packed out.
After an exhausting day Prince Edward had one last duty to fulfil, to unveil a plaque to celebrate his visit. The plaque still sits proudly outside the steps of the assembly hall so next time you pay a visit to the school have a wander down to see it. St David’s College has always believed in the value of offering young people the opportunities the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme offers, it is no wonder that to this day the school has lost count of all of its pupils who have achieved the award over the years.