The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity (DofE) is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956.
Lathallan School is getting into the spirit by taking on the DofE Diamond Challenge – a one-off initiative organised by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in celebration of their Diamond Anniversary.
The entire senior school from Lathallan – all 135 pupils – will be undertaking a day hike up Ben Nevis on 10 June 2016. Not only is Lathallan School keen to promote outdoor learning, it also has the highest uptake of Duke of Edinburgh pupils in the country.
Headmaster Richard Toley said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in its Diamond Jubilee year. As the school with the largest percentage of DofE uptake in Scotland, we wanted to combine our passion for outdoor learning with a special event such as this, and taking on Ben Nevis is the perfect challenge”.
Barry Fisher, Director of Duke of Edinburgh in Scotland will be joining Lathallan School on their ascent. He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in Lathallan’s Diamond Challenge event – climbing up the UK’s highest peak with pupils and teachers. Lathallan have grown to be one of the most successful DofE’s groups in Scotland in a very short period of time and have a tremendous commitment to the DofE programme within the school and the DofE Charity itself. The Diamond Challenge will help the DofE Charity raise important money to enable more young people to benefit from the programme and we are delighted that Lathallan were one of the first Licensed Organisations to support this initiative”.