23 pupils from Leamington's all-girl Kingsley School achieved gold Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Awards.
Online PR News – 18-June-2010 – – Twenty three upper sixth formers at The Kingsley School, Leamington Spa who pushed themselves to the limit â€“ physically and emotionally- have been rewarded for their determination by achieving gold Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Awards.
Organiser of the Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Award Scheme at the independent girlsâ€™ school, Terry Palliser â€“ an Army and Police Service trainer and former Olympic cross-country skier â€“ said of their achievement:
â€śThey persevered better than any military or police groups I have worked with in the past and they deserve their success.â€ť
The girls â€“ who leave the school after taking their A Level exams this summer â€“ are the last group that Terry and his wife Shirley will mentor through the Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Award Scheme as they are retiring from the role after a 20 year association with the school.
Mrs Palliser said: â€śAll the girls we have dealt with are a credit to the school. There has always been a mutual trust and respect between us and them, which reflects extremely well on the education they receive at Kingsley.â€ť
One of the tasks the girls had to complete to achieve their Gold Award was a four day, 80 kilometre expedition in the Lake District carrying ruck-sacks weighing a third of their body weight.
Mr Palliser described the weather conditions when they did this as â€śthe worst we have ever experienced.â€ť He said: â€śIt was so windy and cold that you couldnâ€™t talkâ€ť.
However, the girls were determined to complete the task and felt a great sense of achievement when they did.
One of the Gold Award winners Natasha Stokes summed up the feeling of the entire group saying: â€śThose days were probably the hardest I have ever experienced, reducing normally strong people to tears, but without a doubt I would do it again. I will never forget it.â€ť
Mr and Mrs Palliser joined the Gold Award winners on their last day in school before exams start for a celebration of their achievement.