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Trio attend Buckingham Palace ceremony to receive Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
31st May 2017

A number of Rydal Penrhos pupils visited a prominent landmark to receive a prestigious and high-profile honour recently.

Jack Sissons, together with twins Will and Katie Marston, travelled to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, May 24, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The event was attended by HRH Prince Phillip in what is expected to be his final appearance at the Presentation before retiring from public duties.

The trio had the chance to speak with the Prince after receiving their award, and they also got the chance to speak to BBC Breakfast presenters Carol Kirkwood and Steph McGovern.

Olympic rower Jessica Eddie was on hand to present the certificates, and she also gave an inspiring speech on how hard work and determination can help achieve your goals.

The threesome joined others from across the country who have also gained the Gold distinction at a special garden party at the Palace, which is put on to recognise their superb achievements during the academic year.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “To gain a Duke of Edinburgh Gold award is something that takes an enormous amount of commitment and Jack, Will and Katie deserve an enormous amount of credit for their achievements.

“Congratulations also go to our DofE co-ordinator Dr Jim Lewis for all his efforts in helping our hopefuls across all year groups’ help achieve their goals in Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, which is a testament to his passion and ability to inspire our pupils.

“Visiting Buckingham Palace and joining in the festivities is no less that the three successful Gold Award candidates deserved and I am sure they are memories that will live long in the memory.”

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