Perse student set for St James’s Palace ceremony after achieving Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
2 Jan 2019
Benedict Garnett (Upper Sixth) will be heading to St James’s Palace for a special ceremony after earning his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
He has been invited to attend a presentation at the Royal residence in February after attaining the scheme’s highest honour.
Benedict said: “I first heard about the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme during a school assembly and I realised that was the kind of thing I wanted to do, so I’m really pleased to have achieved the Gold award.
“It took a lot of effort over the last couple of years and I’m really looking forward to the ceremony. It will be a great opportunity and I’m sure the atmosphere will be very special at St James’s Palace as well.”
To achieve the Gold Award, Benedict had to fulfil certain criteria across four different categories – skills, residential, volunteering and physical. Along the way, he coached younger Perse pupils in hockey, taught English to children at a camp in Belgium and progressed on the piano. Benedict also took part in a tough expedition to a snowy Lake District.
He said: “It was really rewarding, not just for achieving the award, but being able to give something back to the community. I’ve learned a lot of skills, such as teamwork and communication, and it’s broadened my horizons in terms of doing music and sport. It was a really enjoyable experience.”