Pupils Contribute Thousands of Hours of Volunteering
Monday, 22 June 2020
Bolton School has this week received a certificate commending pupils for their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering endeavours. Whilst undertaking their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, girls and boys have racked up 8,801 hours of voluntary service to the local community or the equivalent social value of £38,284.35. The hours were committed by students from both Divisions between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.
Sue Hincks, Headmistress of the Girls’ Division, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and very much in line with previous years. The DofE qualification dovetails well with our ethos of working with and in the local community. Ordinarily, we hold a Spring DofE celebratory evening for pupils who have achieved their award in the past year. Obviously, due to Covid-19, this did not happen this time round but the certificate reminds us of the outstanding effort put in each year by a large number of students. All pupils, across both Divisions, undertake the Bronze Award, a third to half then go on to complete their Silver Award and half of those will complete Gold Awards.”
Headmaster of the Boys' Division Philip Britton said: "The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides challenge and learning, developing individuals’ leadership and teamwork skills and cementing friendships. Many volunteer locally at the likes of Bolton Hospice, Derian House and Bolton Lads and Girls’ Club whilst others undertake their assignments further afield, including overseas. In recent years, the work that girls and boys undertake in the community has been integral to us winning both the TES Independent School of the Year Award and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.”
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