Sunday, 24 September 2017

Royal assent

The Oratory School in Woodcote has been honoured for supporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

The Oratory School in Woodcote has been honoured for supporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for more than 30 years. Teacher David Watkins, who has run the programme at the independent Catholic boys’ school since 2009, was presented with a commemorative plaque during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. This was part of the scheme’s 60th anniversary celebrations and was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Former pupil Michael Groehe collected his gold award at same time.Mr Watkins said: “Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their award. The skills they develop can be life-changing so it is very special for us to be involved.” Meanwhile, sixpupils have completed their bronze award expedition by canoe. David McDonald, Tolu Hastrup, Ed Bromilow, Jack Hoath, Ciaran Keogh and Jack Winterbottom paddled down the Thames from Wallingford to Henley over two days. They planned the trip themselves with supervision from Mr Watkins and the Adventure Dolphin Centre in Pangbourne







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