03 May Duke of Edinburgh
JRCS Host Annual Borough D of E Celebrations
On Thursday 25th April Jo Richardson School played host to the borough Duke of Edinburgh Award Celebrations. We took time out at the start of the evening to remember Jodie Chesney with a minute’s silence. Jodie completed her Silver award with a group from JRCS in 2017, and will always be remembered fondly as part of our D of E family. Students from two other schools, Eastbrook and Riverside attended, as well as a group of young people from The Vibe who had completed their award in partnership with the Abphab organisation. There were 11 students from Jo Richardson receiving awards: Shanise Garner, Ire Ajala, Klaidas Runele and Luke Craigie received their Bronze awards, whilst Daniel Gill, Yewande Oginni, Lauren Simson, Emma Smith, received their Silver awards along with Lucy White (who completed her Silver award alongside Jodie). An ex-student now studying in Year 12 at Dagenham Park, Silviu Ionescu, also attended to receive three section certificates. We hope he will go on next year to gain his skill section and complete the whole award. I hope the fantastic success of these brilliant young people will inspire all those who have yet to complete an award to go on and get their sections completed, and I look forward to them joining in our celebrations next year. It’s also very heartening to know that very many of those who received their awards are going on to do Silver and Gold awards this year.
The ceremony was attended by Oliver Rice, a regional Operations Officer from the D of E London office. He spoke of his D of E journey which had started with his mum persuading him to do his Bronze award which has now led to a full time job. Cllr Evelyn Carpenter also attended and presented the badges to the award recipients.
I would like to thank all those who attended and helped on the evening, especially Terry Dignam, Mr Hargreaves, Bill Lockton, Miss Keane and Mrs Wren. A huge well done and thanks to Shanise Garner who entertained us all with a beautiful song, demonstrating the skill aspect of the award.
I look forward very much to celebrating many more awards next year!
Year 9 Bronze Award Interviews
In their year group assembly today Year 9 Bronze award participants will receive their invitations to their interviews which will take place on Tuesday 14th May. Provided they can show that they will complete at least two sections of the Bronze award by the end of the Summer term they will be invited on the Training weekend which is taking place at Danbury on 21st and 22nd June. If students need any help with uploading their evidence of participation to eDofE they can see Ms Montague in SD3 on Thursday 9th May after school.
D of E Manager