Laleham Gap School in Ramsgate has become the first in East Kent to have students graduate in the Prince William Award.
In an upbeat assembly Simon Roser, who had delivered the award programme over an entire year of Thursday afternoons, was able to show a video from Prince William congratulating the children for passing.
Simon said he hoped the children felt proud. All of them had ‘dared to do their best.’ They had all “challenged themselves” and shown new qualities of ‘self-confidence, discipline, courage and resilience.’
Twenty-four pupils started out on the course a year ago and all 24 graduated. They all received two certificates: The Prince William Explorer Award and a Sports Leadership certificate. The children were Year 5 and 6 from three different classes in the school.
Simon Roser added: “It was amazing that all the children from different classes worked together to overcome everything and pass the award. It was great to see by the end the children had become a tight unit with a real team ethic. All of them were looking out for each other. I was so proud of all of them and all they have learnt.”
Primary resources manager Natalie Hewitt-Zarb thanked Mr Roser for his work with the children explaining how much they had enjoyed and learnt from the award. The children had enjoyed team building, tug of war, drag the bag and opportunities to overcome difficulties to graduate.
The school has also been awarded a trophy that will now go up on display.