Two of our former sixth formers had an exciting day at Buckingham Palace yesterday where they received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards. Hannah Bacon and Alice Handley Howorth, who left our upper sixth last summer, were selected from the HOHS girls who gained their Gold awards in 2016 to attend the event, together with their parents and Mrs Grove and Mr Crump. They were among more than 1,000 young people who were presented with their awards by around 60 celebrities including Anna Friel, Ben Cohen, Ronan Keating and Anton du Beke, who had all been drafted in to help Prince Philip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex hand out badges and certificates. The event was the largest ever held for the award scheme, which is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year.
It was Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing (pictured) who presented our girls with their certificates and Mrs Grove and Mr Crump with a plaque. He spoke eloquently about life’s opportunities and how you should take them with both hands. He also advised the award holders to have an open mind and listen to advice from people with more experience (this comment was much appreciated by the parents!)
Warm sunshine enabled us to enjoy the wonderful gardens with beautiful azaleas in bloom. In total there were around 7000 people at this celebration including the award holders, parents and managers of operating authorities. It was a lovely day and very relaxed.