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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award certificates for Thurso High School pupils


By Alan Hendry

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Silver winners (from left) Skye McColl, Amy Lowe, Abby Scott, Rachel May and Chloe Mackay (missing are Emma Angus, Hazel Gunn and Sean Simpson).
Silver winners (from left) Skye McColl, Amy Lowe, Abby Scott, Rachel May and Chloe Mackay (missing are Emma Angus, Hazel Gunn and Sean Simpson).

Pupils from Thurso High School have received certificates marking their achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Despite the Covid restrictions and lockdowns that limited pupils' activities, many soldiered on in an effort to complete their awards.

Many helped elderly friends or relatives, walked neighbours' dogs, assisted at the town's community café, marshalled at the Thurso parkrun and carried out voluntary beach cleans.

For the physical section, some stuck to a regular regime of exercise – some running, some cycling, many doing virtual dance classes and some taking part in Body Coach sessions.

Bronze winners (from left) Fern Strachan, Kaitlyn Polson, Abby Mill, Lena Campbell, Mirissa Efemey, Hannah Rosie, Skye McColl, Hannah Rosie, Leah Calder, Amy Lowe, Charli Alexander, Sophie Campbell, Kirsty Henderson, Hannah Dunnett, Natalie Polson, Ashleigh Coghill, Charlie Sutherland, Innes Morgan, Lewis Sutherland, Matthew Laird and Sandy Hunt (missing is Keira Bain).
Bronze winners (from left) Fern Strachan, Kaitlyn Polson, Abby Mill, Lena Campbell, Mirissa Efemey, Hannah Rosie, Skye McColl, Hannah Rosie, Leah Calder, Amy Lowe, Charli Alexander, Sophie Campbell, Kirsty Henderson, Hannah Dunnett, Natalie Polson, Ashleigh Coghill, Charlie Sutherland, Innes Morgan, Lewis Sutherland, Matthew Laird and Sandy Hunt (missing is Keira Bain).

A number of participants took up cooking and baking for the skills section, with some photos of their creations used as evidence.

Expeditions were limited in that pupils could not camp out, but they completed the distances during the summer in local areas that many were not familiar with. This encouraged their team-building and resilience as well as their organisational and communication skills.

Twenty-two pupils completed their bronze award and eight their silver, and they received their certificates at the end of the virtual Christmas school assemblies.


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