Duke of Edinburgh success for Collyer’s

James Gordon and Melanie Kavanagh (centre) with Collyer's successful D of E Gold students at Collyer's SUS-150925-104650001
James Gordon and Melanie Kavanagh (centre) with Collyer's successful D of E Gold students at Collyer's SUS-150925-104650001

Students from Collyer’s have been celebrating Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Gold Award success.

Collyer’s teams successfully achieved the award after completing a challenging 4 day, 50 mile final expedition in the Yorkshire Dales.

James Gordon, Head of Faculty for Business, Sport and Social Sciences explained: “The award requires participants to learn new skills, provide a voluntary service to the local community and complete a residential for a week. The students completed a difficult practice expedition over Easter and then a gruelling qualifying expedition in the summer.”

The class of 2015 were celebrated at Collyer’s and gave informative and entertaining presentations about their experiences to the next generation of Duke of Edinburgh students. “Team Enid” comprised: Emma Eastwell, Saoirse Freeman, Hannah Bowdery and Helen Tyrrell. “Team Scoobydoo” comprised: Dan Joyner, Natasha Kindgdon, Johanna Lynn and Justin Smallwood.

Saoirse Freemen said: “D of E has been the best experience of our lives so far! We’ve made friends for life and will never forget the fun we shared!”

Dan Joyner said: “D of E was certainly one of the highlights of Collyer’s!”

Justin Smallwood added: “We will never forget the memories made!”

Johanna Lynn said: “D of E has been a great experience and completing it at Collyer’s was excellent. Thank-you to all the staff who have spent their free time trekking up mountains with us!”

The expeditions were led by James Gordon ably assisted by Melanie Kavanagh. The full Duke of Edinburgh programme at Collyer’s is expertly managed by Head of BTEC Sport, Dan Watson.

James Gordon was delighted: “We are incredibly proud of these talented students. This is a fantastic achievement, particularly given the poor weather that they had to overcome. Also impressive is how these students managed to balance a demanding college life, part time work and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Brilliant stuff!”

Collyer’s Principal, Sally Bromley said: “These are exceptional students and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the exciting adventures of Team Scoobydoo and Team Enid! Massive thanks to James Gordon, Melanie Kavanagh and Dan Watson for continuing Collyer’s first class participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”

Report and picture contrinbuted by Collyer’s.