Eilidh Baird and Curtis Stiles, the outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy of St Leonards have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. After completing their Bronze and Silver awards, it has taken the pair three and a half years to attain this fantastic achievement.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards are split into sections for the participants to complete: Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition. Additionally, for the Gold Award, a four night, five day Residential section must also be completed.
Some of the activities Curtis took part in were to tutor a Y7 pupil in English, created a museum exhibit at the Museum of the University of St. Andrews, record newspapers for the blind, and train for the 10K at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Eilidh was involved in the XI hockey team, she developed her abilities and knowledge of cookery and baking, visited the local Care Home, where she talked with residents and took part in activities.
For the expedition section Eilidh and Curits spent more than two weeks in the Highlands navigating, camping and (occasionally) getting lost! They spent their residential section at Comrie Croft, an eco-center in Perthshire, where they helped design pathways.
Curtis travelled to St James Place to collect his Gold Award presented by the Duke of Edinburgh. Eilidh will be going to Holyrood House to collect hers.
Eilidh said of the experience “I would highly recommend the Duke of Edinburgh Award program to others. It is both challenging and rewarding with fantastic opportunities to form and cement friendships in a wide variety of situations”.