Party at The Palace
On Monday, Mr Berry and I travelled down to London to attend the 60th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This gala event, which was held at Buckingham Palace, was attended by over 2,000 people and took place in the beautiful surroundings of The Palace Gardens.
Representatives of organisations that run HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Award, including a large number of schools, were arranged into groups of 40-50 people based on their region. Mr Berry and I joined the West Midlands group and met other DofE Lead Organisation representatives as well as some students receiving their Gold Awards. Each group was also assigned celebrity presenters. During the afternoon we saw the TV presenter Philip Schofield, Television chef Ainsley Harriott, pop star Ronan Keating, survival expert Ray Mears, and England and Wasps rugby player James Haskell.
The West Midlands group had Television Sports presenter Jim Rosenthal, who interviewed England and Sale Sharks rugby player Danny Cipriani, as our host celebrities. Danny gave some interesting answers to the questions posed by Mr Rosenthal and from his audience, including sharing what he has learned from playing rugby at national and international levels and how he has tried to turn himself around after making mistakes early in his career. He commented that he is looking forward to the next four years as his great opportunity in rugby as he joins Wasps Rugby Club, based in the Midlands, and has recently been selected for the England training camp. Jim Rosenthal delighted the group by displaying his own Duke of Edinburgh booklet from his time at school.
HRH The Earl of Wessex then arrived to wish the students and representatives well and thank everyone for their commitment to the success of The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. Other groups were visited by HRH The Countess of Wessex or HRH The Duke of Edinburgh himself.
Finally, we gave the organisers an RGS Worcester shield and, in return, received a commemorative plaque.
The day was a great experience and a fitting tribute to the superb Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which has challenged young people for sixty years and will continue to do so into the future. At RGS, the DofE scheme remains as popular as ever and our pupils look forward to their expeditions in the second half of this term.
Mr John Pitt, Headmaster