On Monday 14th January, HOHS old girls Charlotte Bacon, Sophie Zangerle and Madi Gianfrancesco went to collect their Gold Duke of Edinburgh certificates at St James Palace. It was a very special day for all involved, especially having the opportunity to meet The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

Charlotte was determined to make the most of the occasion and speak to the Prince. When he asked had anyone done any part of their award across seas, and some replied that they had gone to the USA and Gibraltar, Charlotte piped up with her usual sense of humour and said not exactly across seas, but they had gone to Wales! The whole room laughed, including Prince Edward.

The girls would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Grove, Miss Mann and Mr Johnston for getting them through their Gold Award.