We are delighted to learn that the school has been recognised as the top school in Scotland for the uptake and completion rate of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Pupils can begin the Bronze Award in S3 which they typically complete by the end of S4, they can then move on to Silver and Gold.
The award is not all about climbing mountains although Lathallan pupils certainly do a lot of that in their outdoor education, including a recent expedition to Kilimanjaro where all pupils managed to reach the summit. Pupils also volunteer at a chosen organisation, learn a new skill and a sport.
Megan Ramsay, an S5 pupil completed her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award at the end of S4. Megan volunteered in the Junior School helping with swimming lessons and gained a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, her chosen sport was Zumba which she took part in during PE each week. As part of Megan’s expedition she climbed 3 munros in 24 hours. Megan said “I have had the chance to learn and try something new that I may not have even attempted had I not signed up for the award. Although I found it challenging at times, completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award has given me a sense of accomplishment and I look forward to carrying on to complete my Gold Award.”
This is the third year in a row the school has been recognised as the top school in Scotland for the Award. Mr Woodhouse, Head of Outdoor Education manages the scheme and sees pupils each week to ensure that they are on track. Mr Woodhouse said “We are very pleased to be able to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Lathallan, it is yet another opportunity available to our pupils. The participation and completion rate shows our pupils’ dedication and resilience.”