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