a VIEWFORTH High School pupil has gone down in the school’s history books – as the first to achieve a prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Jordanne Currie (15), an S4 pupil from Lady Nairn Avenue, had to undergo a series of rigorous challenges to earn the bronze award.
She walked the coastal path, worked in a care home ... and learned how to bake!
Jordanne said: “I got involved through the school. I thought it would be good for helping me get into university.
“To complete the award I had to do challenges in four different sections.
‘‘For the physical activity I chose dancing as I was already doing it. I also learned how to bake for the skills section and volunteered at Methven Care Home.
“We had to do an expedition, and walked 33 miles along the Fife Costal Path from St Andrews to Pittenweem camping overnight in a nature reserve. That was my favourite part as we got to work together as a team.
“It was a surprise to discover that I was going to be the first pupil from Viewforth to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, but still a very rewarding and accomplished feeling.
“When I met Gordon Brown I had no idea he would be presenting me with my award. I felt extremely honoured to have him give it to me and it was a great surprise.
“To anyone thinking about starting the award, I would say do it. I learned a lot about myself and grew as a person.
‘‘It was a great experience and I want to thank all my teachers who helped me. I’m now really looking forward to beginning my Silver Award.”
As a DofE award holder himself, Adrian Watt, the school’s rector wanted to give his pupils a chance to take part.
“Creating opportunities for our pupils to achieve beyond the curriculum has led the school to introduce a number of additional awards, however the Duke of Edinburgh scheme is the one we are most proud of,” said Alistair Stewart, principal teacher of wider achievement.
Mr Watt added: “I am delighted that one of our pupils has achieved this milestone.
“The award scheme is now an integral part of our junior school curriculum and we look forward to many more such awards being gained in the months and years ahead.”