Golden mo­ment for Stonelaw High trio

Pupils meet roy­alty

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A trio of Ruther­glen school pupils had a brush with roy­alty this month.

Rachael Rice, Han­nah Robert­son and Robert Hamil­ton from Stonelaw High School all achieved their Duke of Ed­in­burgh Gold Award this year.

And the three of them were thrilled to re­ceive their award at a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony hosted by HRH Prince Ed­ward, the Earl of Wes­sex.

He held the event at the Palace of Holy­rood­house on July 3 for eight young peo­ple from South La­nark­shire.

On hand to present the awards was 2014 Com­mon­wealth sil­ver medal­list for bad­minton, Kirsty Gil­mour.

Their proud par­ents were also in­vited along to watch.

All the re­cip­i­ents had com­pleted 12 months of hard work and ef­fort to achieve the hon­our.

They com­pleted five sec­tions, in­clud­ing volunteering, skill, phys­i­cal, five day residential and also un­der­took a four day ex­pe­di­tion.

HRH Prince Ed­ward praised the young peo­ple for their ded­i­ca­tion, and also made spe­cial men­tion of the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of Duke of Ed­in­burgh lead­ers, par­ents and sup­port teams in help­ing the young peo­ple to achieve their goal.

Rachael, Han­nah and Robert weren’t the only Stonelaw pupils to achieve the award this year.

Cather­ine Alexan­der, Erin McCann and Jen­nifer Sweeney also com­pleted the award, although they were un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony.

Anne Don­ald­son, Head of Ed­u­ca­tion (In­clu­sion) said: “Our con­grat­u­la­tions go to each of the young peo­ple whose suc­cess was cel­e­brated at the awards pre­sen­ta­tion.

“The achieve­ment of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Gold Award by our young peo­ple is highly im­pres­sive.”

Gold stan­dard Kirsty Gil­mour (fourth from left) meets Robert Hamil­ton, Han­nah Robert­son and Rachael Rice (fifth, fourth and third from right)

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