Four outstanding students awarded Duke of Edinburgh International GOLD

February 2024

Four outstanding students at Britannica International School, Budapest have successfully earned the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. They are the first students in Hungary to achieve this. 

Our heartfelt congratulations to Fanni, Angus, Kevin, and Zwyu for their remarkable achievement.

The Duke of Edinburgh program is renowned for cultivating essential skills including leadership, teamwork, and communication. The journey to the Gold Award entails rigorous physical challenges, a substantial amount of volunteering, and the acquisition of a new skill. For this cohort of outstanding students, activities undertaken on the road to gold include tutoring younger students, a science summer camp, fencing, piano playing, a Hungarian language and culture summer school and learning Mandarin.

Fanni, Angus, Kevin and Zeyu were presented with their Gold Award certificates at a grand celebration at the Residence of the British Ambassador to Hungary. Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy, Mr Andrew Davidson welcomed the students' families, teaching staff, Principal Neil McGarry and Orbital Education Regional Head of the School, Karl Wilkinson to celebrate the students' achievement. 

During the event, the award-winning students gave a detailed, informative and very entertaining presentation about the various sections of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award programme. Mr Davidson then praised them for their exceptional dedication, commitment and resilience and presented them with their Gold Award certificates and highly prized, gold pins.

“For me, the most enjoyable and unforgettable memory was the expedition. I went on a 80 km hike with my teammates and I would not have been able to finish it, if I didn’t have my friend’s support. It was very challenging. I had an 18 kg heavy bag and walked and climbed 20km per day. But it was fun that we had a chance to really explore nature and talk to each other. It was a unique memory”

Zeyu
Gold Award Achiever

We are incredibly proud of our gold award winners! They have shown a tremendous amount of commitment and endeavour. To be four of the first four to ever achieve the award in Hungary is really special.

Neil McGarry
Principal, Britannica International School, Budapest
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