Royal Treatment for Awardees

An all-star cast gathered to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia (The Duke of Ed). As part of the celebrations, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, who is the Chair of The Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, attended the ceremony.

SGCS students, Ben Oliver (Year 12) and Jackson Tiddy (Alumni, Class of 2018) joined with 400 National Gold Award recipients to celebrate the Anniversary.

High profile dignitaries attending the event included The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW, The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, Hamish Macdonald and Anita Jacoby AM, Dawn Fraser AC, Layne Beachley AO, Jack Thompson AM, Naomi Simson, David Campbell OAM, Indira Naidoo, Kirk Pengilly and many more.

Due to the scale of the ceremony, the Awards were presented by one of four main dignitaries. Graham Ross VMM, Australian-based horticulturalist, author and television presenter of Better Homes and Gardens presented Ben and Jackson their Award. Later they had the opportunity to personally meet with the HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Mrs Michelle Wise, SGCS Coordinater of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award attended the Ceremony and said Ben was part of my first group of students to undertake the Award. It was very exciting to see Ben complete his Award and receive acknowledgement for his achievements, by no less than royalty.

 Congratulations Ben and Jackson!