On a bright sunny Monday morning, 25 Year 13 students lined up at the gates of Buckingham Palace. They were all there to receive their DofE Gold Awards, and each student had brought a guest.

Once inside the gardens, the students and their guests were assembled into a group on the immaculate lawn, and within earshot of the two military bands. The group was addressed by the Countess of Wessex, who congratulated them on their awards and thanked the parents for their support. The students were then presented with their certificates by guest presenter Sophie Raworth, the BBC journalist and newsreader.

Tension started to build during lunch as the group prepared for their next challenge - the presentation. They were tasked with creating a presentation based on a case scenario given to them beforehand. DCGS were the last to present, so had the privilege of listening to the other teams presenting beforehand. Before long, it was time for the group to be adorned with microphones and prepare for their presentation. Despite being slightly daunted at the prospect of being faced with such a challenge, they showed no signs of nerves as they calmly presented to the judges.

Well done to all the Year 13's for achieving their Gold Awards, and good luck to those who are yet to complete or receive their awards. The Gold Award Presentation is an unforgettable event.