PRESTIGIOUS Duke of Edinburgh Awards were handed out to 66 Saddleworth School pupils in a special assembly.
The pupils, who achieved bronze level as Year 9s last summer, received their certificates from school governor Richard Knowles and Dr Rowan, science teacher and one of the D of E co-ordinators.
There was special recognition for James Booth, who received the Philip Renold Award for Outstanding Community Service.
The late Mr Renold was an inspirational teacher at Saddleworth School for 12 years from the mid 1970s.
He introduced the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at the school and quickly developed it into the largest in Oldham.
James received the award for his commitment to three community service activities: children’s self-defence anti-bullying class, respect and citizenship; Jiu Jitsu; miniatures model building and painting.
Also commended was Joe Aston for three activities: 3D Dynamos Under 10s football training, Curzon Ashton Football and Greenfield Cricket Club Under 13 Girls training.
Mr Knowles commented: “The range of activities that pupils have undertaken for many months is greatly appreciated by organisations and groups in Saddleworth and beyond.”
Activities included helping out with rainbows and cubs, visiting local nurseries and primary schools, helping sports teams, and volunteering at Delph Library, St Mary’s Church Charity Shop and Age UK Uppermill.
Many of the pupils who achieved the bronze award are now working towards the silver level.
The award includes volunteering in community service, developing practical and social Skills, physical improvement, and planning and completing an expedition.
It is the world’s leading youth achievement award, highly valued by employers and universities.
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