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Gold Award Achiever-Ambassador Role

Miss H Murray, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager is delighted to write about the great success of one of our Year 13 students.

On Monday 15th May, Noah Grottrup was invited to attend a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award presentation ceremony to receive his well-deserved Award. The Award was presented to him at Buckingham Palace by Prince Edward, and Noah was amongst other proud Gold achievers from all over the country.

Noah started his DofE journey in Year 9, when he signed up to start the Bronze level of the Award. He chose to volunteer at a local cub scout pack and to continue with his passion for rowing as his physical activity. Noah was already having trombone lessons, and he decided that this would be the ideal choice for his skills activity. He completed his expedition section hiking in the beautiful Chiltern Hills.
Determined to reach the top level of the DofE Award, Noah skipped the Silver level and launched himself straight into Gold. This required extra time and commitment but he was ready for the challenge. He continued with the section activities he started at Bronze, but showed the progression and development required at this higher level. He completed his expedition section paddling in a canoe through the stunning Wye Valley. The Gold level of the Award requires participants to complete a residential section, which allowed Noah to further his dedication to the Scout Movement by working at a scout camp in Phasels Wood.
Noah enjoyed being part of the DofE programme and he has continued his dedication and enthusiasm towards the Award by becoming a Young Leader, helping, advising and passing on his knowledge and experiences to our current Bronze and Silver cohorts at GMS. In recognition of his achievements as a participant and his efforts as a Young Leader, Noah has been invited to apply to be one of 30 DofE Youth Ambassadors in the UK. DofE UK Youth Ambassadors are enthusiastic about sharing their stories and ensuring youth voices are heard to make a positive, lasting change. They’re advocates for the DofE and want to inspire others. They’re collaborators, looking to work with other like-minded people from a range of backgrounds from across the UK. Both positive and solution focused, with an interest in tackling issues which are affecting society such as: mental health, climate change, employment, and inequality.
Noah is an outstanding young person and a role model to our school community. We all wish him the best of luck with his DofE UK Youth Ambassador application and also with all his future endeavours.
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