Camphill students get Gold award

Camphill's Callum Turner, Klae Russell, Christopher Winser and Rohan Stevenson-Robb with their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Camphill's Callum Turner, Klae Russell, Christopher Winser and Rohan Stevenson-Robb with their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Four students from Camphill School have successfully completed Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes, the first ever to do so at the Milltimber school for youngsters with special needs.

In order to achieve the prestigious awards, Callum Turner, Klae Russell, Christopher Winser and Rohan Stevenson-Robb had to undertake an astonishing variety of tasks: to go on a four day, three-night expedition in the Scottish Highlands, undertake a residential placement away from home for five days and spend four nights doing a shared activity with people they did not know, volunteer at the school’s Amber Kindergarten, Tools for Self-Reliance workshop, kitchen, and at Aberdeen Arts Centre - as well as learning new skills such as running, wall climbing, martial arts, woodwork, and piano playing.

Camphill School’s Executive Director, Laurence Alfred, said: “They are the first of our young people to achieve the Award and congratulations also go to their teachers, who supported them throughout.”

Student Klae Russell said: “I am proud to get the Award. I know from my experience it will come in handy, for example in a job interview.”

Christopher Winser’s mother Teresita commented: “We are all such proud parents and so very thankful to Camphill’s work and total dedication.”