On Thursday 26th April 2018, Mr. Smith (Behaviour Support Officer and Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Scheme Manager) and Honey who is one of our DofE Bronze students had the pleasure to go to UTC Portsmouth to attend a DofE Royal Visit.
Honey’s report as follows of our visit:
We were asked to come along with other schools which are just starting the DofE or restarting. We went around with the Portsmouth City Council youth services, Ark Academy, Motiv8, and the DofE South East Operations Team.
When we first got there, we were introduced to everyone as they came in, all of which were lovely and welcoming. When Prince Edward came in, we moved closer and closer to the tea table and had tea, coffee, and a wide variety of cakes and scones. After we stopped for a break, the Prince came over to us and asked questions. He asked me what I was doing in the Duke of Edinburgh awards and why I was doing it. I have to say it wasn’t as frightening as I thought it was going to be, he was approachable and very easy to talk to.
Once we talked to him, we went into the sports hall and saw what the other schools (which were already doing the awards) were doing. From watching a snippet of a performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to seeing a lizard-type creature called Blue, everything was memorable in its own way. Before we left, I reluctantly took a picture, which could’ve been worse if I had not been in such a good mood. To conclude this, the event is one of the best things I have ever done. And if anything like this comes up again, you know who to contact!