Top awards for city youngsters

Students from Notre Dame School ahead of their Duke of Edinburgh presentation / award evening being held at Cutler's Hall. From left, Sean Edge, Sarah Eccles, Phillip Parry, Chris de Soysa and Joseph Hackney

Students from Notre Dame School ahead of their Duke of Edinburgh presentation / award evening being held at Cutler's Hall. From left, Sean Edge, Sarah Eccles, Phillip Parry, Chris de Soysa and Joseph Hackney

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INSPIRATIONAL youngsters who have volunteered for charity and undertaken expeditions were praised in front of a 400-strong audience.

Students from across Sheffield received Duke of Edinburgh awards in gold, silver and bronze categories at a special ceremony at Cutlers Hall, Sheffield city centre, on Tuesday.

Notre Dame Catholic High School pupils presented accounts of how they completed the award – from helping at charity shops to learning to sail.

Some have undertaken challenges in geo-caching – a treasure hunting game using a GPS.

Geography teacher Mark Pickup said: “It was a great awards ceremony and celebration.

“Our youngsters gave presentations on how they have worked with organisations like St John Ambulance and taken part in experiences like geo-caching.

“It is a big thing for the children, especially the first boy who had to go up there on his own.

“The scheme gives youngsters a sense of responsibility and a sense of belonging to the community. You’ve got the chance to belong to a team and it also helps you keep as active as possible.

“Some youngsters might not be that sporty, but they realise being active is not all about being the best footballer.”

Youngsters who attended came from schools, colleges and Sheffield University.

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