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Posted On: 18 June 2013 08:33 am
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Doha College Alumni Gabby Moorat and Ross Couper were honoured to receive their Gold Standard International Awards at St James’s Palace London recently. The International Award programmeis the world's leading youth achievement award, operating in over 140 countries and territories around the globe. The Awardis split into 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within each level participants need to complete a physical recreation, a skill, a service and an expedition. In addition at Gold level there is a residential project. The length of time that needs to be spent on these activities increases at each level. The idea is that level is a long-term commitment where participants spend an hour a week on the activity for the duration of that section. For the expedition the time spent on this also increases up to 4 days and 3 nights. Doha College students start with the Bronze award in year 10. For those who are committed and determined it is possible to complete all 3 levels before leaving school. Given the pressure of exams and other responsibilities this is a fantastic achievement since a participant has until they are 24 if they wish to complete all levels. Ross and Gabby are part of a group of students who all completed their Gold Award whilst at Doha College. All of the student names are listed on the honours board in the College’s auditorium. On completion of the Gold Award participants can inform the headquarters of the International Award in London. They will then be invited to St James’s Palace to be presented with their award. Teacher and expedition leader for Gabby and Ross, Mr Douglas Briggs commented: “For these alumni this is a great honour and a real tribute to all the time and effort they have put into the International Award. As a college we are very proud of Ross and Gabby and wish them continued success in all that they do. Students who take part in the International Award develop skills of independence and responsibility. They learn to organise teams and are responsible for leading and organising their own time when on international trips, it’s a very valuable programme at all levels. ILQ NEWS