This week Caroline attended an Awards Ceremony to recognise her 20 years of dedicated service to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Elmfield. The long-term award is reserved for those who have made a real commitment over many years to DofE. The ceremony was held at Brierly Hill Civic Hall and was attended by the Mayor of Dudley. The evening was a celebration of DofE achievements in the area with many young adults receiving their Gold awards.
Caroline has been the backbone of Elmfield’s DofE for many years allowing so many of our pupils to benefit from the scheme. She started as a volunteer and eventually moved onto having full responsibility. There came a time when she was ready to step down but unfortunately there was no one else able to take over and so she kept going rather than allowing pupils to miss out. As a result DofE continues to be offered to pupils in Classes 7, 8 and 9 who do Castle, Bronze and Silver respectively. After 20 years Caroline has finally hung up her DofE walking boots to enjoy a well-deserved rest but, no doubt, a part of her will still be out on the hills when she knows pupils are on expedition.