24th April 2024 Adam Hartland

Inspiring Success: Kingsley’s Annual Sports and Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

On Friday 19 April, we were delighted to host our annual Sports and Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Held during the evening, the awards ceremony was a sparkling affair, which saw the school hall transformed into an elegant venue and guests arriving in black tie. The purpose of the ceremony was to recognise and celebrate students who have made a significant contribution to Sport at Kingsley and the wider community, as well as individuals receiving their Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

Those awarded certificates for their sporting contributions included: Amy C (Year 9), who was named ‘Overall Sports Woman of the Year’; Bo A (Year 11), who was awarded ‘Athlete of the Year’; Charlotte F (Year 12), awarded ‘Senior Sports Woman’; and Kitty B (Year 13), awarded ‘Intermediate Sports Woman’. Equestrian Captain Georgia R received an award for her dedication to the Kingsley Riding Squad, and, during the course of the evening, those excelling in hockey, netball and swimming were also recognised. There were also certificates for our fabulous Sports Leaders, most improved players, and outstanding achievements outside of school.

Head of Physical Education Mrs Warrillow, who presented the sports awards, commented:

“I always feel so privileged and honoured to stand here and acknowledge the achievements of our fantastic students, who have made both school and, I am sure, their parents so proud. Not only are they making great strides in achieving their own personal goals, but they are bringing sporting success and recognition to Kingsley, putting the school well and truly on the map. Whilst we are recognising success, we are also celebrating the values and morals our students exemplify so well when representing the school – their teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, and determination to learn and improve. Kingsley encourages healthy and fair competition, but we also pride ourselves on providing opportunities for all – not just the elite – so that everyone can realise their potential and find their passion.”

We were able to celebrate 16 students completing their Bronze Award last year. As part of their Award they all complete volunteering, develop a skill as well as completing a physical activity. They also complete practice and a qualifying an expedition. As they progress through the Award so the time and challenge increases. For Gold the students also complete a residential activity independently. Our Gold Award students, Darcey, Jasmine, Ella and Kitty shared with us their experiences of the different sections, from learning to drive, litter picking, teaching younger children ballet to taking part in water sport residentials they showed resilience, enthusiasm and determination. All should be very proud of what they have achieved and we look forward to them sharing their stories of visiting Buckingham Palace. Mr Blayney and Miss Jorganson, who led the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards programme last year, were also thanked for all of their hard work and support.

Mrs Brake who has taken on the Award Scheme this year said “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards were set up to encourage young people to develop the things they love to do or try something completely new, help their community, test their limits, enhance their skills, and grow in confidence. All the students that received their Award during the evening embody this. They take away with them not only a globally recognised Award but also life changing and life enhancing experiences.”

The Kingsley School