Students Recognised at Awards Ceremony

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18 November 2022

Reece McGimpsey receives his Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

One hundred and eighty two (182) students from SERC were recently recognised at a special ceremony and presentation of their Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award and Gaisce -The President’s Award, achieved through the College over the past year.

Students from Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards Campuses, were joined by family, friends, lecturers and support staff, Ken Webb, Principal, and John Nugent, Chair of SERC’s Governing Body, for the event. The presentations  were made by special guests from the Joint Award Initiative: Kate Thompson, Director, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative in Northern Ireland; and Mary Yore, Development Officer, Gaisce – The President’s Award.

Michelle Hickland, Deputy Head of School and Manager for the Award at SERC said, “We are absolutely delighted to recognise our amazing students who have achieved Bronze and Silver Awards.  The achievement is particularly impressive because many of these students have specific barriers to learning and have therefore exceeded personal goals."

“As well as their expedition and volunteering in the community, the students developed skills in furniture restoration, reading, sewing, crochet, knitting, music, sports, model making, photography, candle making and mountain biking."

She added, “Each recipient of this prestigious Award is helping pave the way for their peers to follow the DofE/Joint Award Initiative at SERC, which benefits all the students who take part.”

In addition, nine Gold Awards will be presented at the next Gold Award celebration in Northern Ireland.  

Kate Thompson congratulated the students on their success: “In the last financial year, the volunteering activities undertaken by SERC students working towards their Awards totalled 2,080 hours.  The social value of all this effort is £9,610 - every student should be very proud of this amazing contribution.  Your Awards are an incredible achievement at the best of times, but to have achieved all this during Covid is exceptional and is a true tribute to the tenacity, perseverance, hard work and commitment of the students and the support staff here and the families of all the participants.”

Mary Yore added her congratulations, saying, “Achieving your Awards has taken massive commitment, learning, dedication - or stickability as we say in Gaisce – and of course lots of fun.   We all hope the value of this experience will stay with you as you head towards your next adventure in life.  It makes you part of a very special community who have the joy of a shared Award experience that will open doors and conversations all over the world.”

Congratulations to everyone!

Main picture: Reece McGimpsey, Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Newtownards Campus with (left) Kate Thompson, Director, The Duke of Edinburgh Award/Joint Award Initiative in Northern Ireland, and (right) Mary Yore, Development Officer, Gaisce – The President’s Award

Slide show: Chloe-Anne Carson, Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, Newtownards Campus; Callum Nixon, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, Bangor Campus, Kye Potts, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Downpatrick Campus and Eve Crossey, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, Lisburn Campus.

Photos from the evening will be posted on our Facebook page shortly.