Duke’s medal

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A War­ragul Re­gional Col­lege teacher’s lead­er­ship and help in en­abling stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in Duke of Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Awards has been recog­nised at a pre­sen­ta­tion at Gov­ern­ment House in Mel­bourne.

Sa­man­tha Richards was pre­sented with a long ser­vice award for her vol­un­tary work by the Duke’s youngest son, Prince Ed­ward, Earl of Wes­sex, at a cer­e­mony hosted by the Gov­er­nor of Vic­to­ria Linda Des­sau.

Ms Richards said she and the Prince had a “good chat”. He was very in­for­mal, she said. Duke of Ed­in­burgh awards can be earned by young peo­ple in three cat­e­gories - bronze, sil­ver and gold – but the ser­vice awards are a rel­a­tively new recog­ni­tion.

Ms Richards got in­volved in the pro­gram 15 years ago when she first joined the teach­ing staff at the War­ragul school.

Each year there have been at least 25 stu­dents in­volved and some have gone on to achieve the high­est gold award, she said.

The pro­gram that re­quires young peo­ple in each of the lev­els to at­tain four goals – in phys­i­cal recre­ation, in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment, vol­un­teer­ing and by un­der­tak­ing an ad­ven­tur­ous jour­ney.

Ms Richards said her role had been to ap­prove and as­sist stu­dents reach the in­di­vid­ual goals they set them­selves.

In­volve­ment in the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards gets young peo­ple to go be­yond the every­day and take on chal­lenges, she said.

Ms Richards said she had not been a lone hand in help­ing the hun­dreds of War­ragul Re­gional Col­lege stu­dents that had taken part over the past 15 years, many of the for­mer par­tic­i­pants also vol­un­tar­ily come along to as­sist run the pro­gram.

At the cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment House ear­lier this month Prince Ed­ward pre­sented gold awards to 70 par­tic­i­pants as well as 15 long ser­vice and two distin­guished ser­vice medals.

War­ragul Re­gional Col­lege teacher Sa­man­tha Richards meets Prince Ed­ward, Duke of Wes­sex, at Gov­ern­ment House in Mel­bourne where the Prince pre­sented her with a long ser­vice medal for her sup­port of young peo­ple tak­ing part in the Duke Of Ed­in­burgh...

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