On Monday, 22 October, students waited patiently at Campion School to welcome His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who was visiting in his role as patron of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E). There was great excitement in the bright sunshine as his helicopter came into sight before landing on the school’s playing field. He was greeted by Jassa Panesar, Headteacher and the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Timothy Cox, before being introduced to a host of local dignitaries and school representatives
As part of his official tour of the school, the Prince planted an oak tree in Painting’s Plantation, the school’s nature reserve, where he met members of Age Concern Warwickshire, who maintain the site on behalf of the school. He then moved on to the school’s construction centre, where students demonstrated the skills they have learned in after-school lessons in painting, decorating, plastering and bricklaying. The centre is sponsored by a grant from Warwickshire County Council’s, Skills for Employment strategy.
Finally, he met students who are engaged with the bronze and silver levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, along with other pupils who are involved with the Rotary Club and Amnesty International.
Before leaving, the Prince took part in a Year 9 assembly, where students who have completed the D of E, Bronze Award practice expedition talked about their achievements from participating in the scheme. Year 9 students were encouraged to enrol ready for the next year’s cohort. At the end of the assembly, Prince Edward signed the school’s visitor book, spoke about his own experience of taking part in the D of E Award scheme and encouraged others to do the same before driving off in a waiting limousine.