Warwick students 'surprised' in company of British Royal
IT'S not every day you get to rub shoulders with royalty, but Warwick students wondered what all the fuss was about.
Six students from Scots PCG College had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward.
His royal highness visited Queensland to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which was reintroduced to Scots PCG College students for the first time in 10 years.
After practising their curtseys and their bows, the students were surprised at how "down to Earth” the Prince seemed.
"We were quite nervous at the start because we had all this formalities like addressing him as your royal highness and not shaking his hand,” Year 12 student Anita Wu said.
The prince entered the Brisbane Grammar School auditorium surrounded by bodyguards, cameras and paparazzi.
Year 10 student Pip Wolstenholm added: "But when we actually met him he was really relaxed and easy to talk to.”
Prince Edward quizzed the students on their participation in the award, which encourages students to extend their skill and experience by completing a series of activities.
Scots students are completing the bronze level.
One a ward requirement is that students participate in an "adventurous journey”, and aspect that piqued the prince's curiosity.
Miss Wu said: "He asked us where we went for our adventurous journey and why we got involved in the program.”
A two-day hiking expedition in Main Range National Park gave the Duke of Edinburgh Award students a chance to step out of their comfort zone.
Miss Wolstenholm said: "It gave us a chance to be really independent: we had to plan our own routes, organise our own meals and equipment.”
For others, the chance to bond with other students was what made the "adventure” truly worthwhile.
Year 11 student Jessica Brierley said: "It was good seeing different parts of the region and getting to know the people in our group better and learning to navigate in the bush.”
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised award that is open to people aged 14 to 25.
It also requires participants to complete activities in the realms of service, skills and physical recreation.
Miss Wu said participating in the Award gave rural students the opportunity to gain life skills and experiences that would not be available to them otherwise.
"For example, we wouldn't have been able to meet the prince if we hadn't been doing the award,” she said.
The memory of the royal meeting was one the students would carry with them through life and encourage them to pursue the program.
"He told us to stick with the Duke of Edinburgh program and go on to do our silver and gold awards,” Miss Wu said.
Scots PGC College intends to expand the program.