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Duke Of Edinburgh Awards  

Eight pupils at Wick High School have received certificates from Highland and Islands Fire and Rescue Service that will count towards attaining their Service Section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

At a presentation ceremony held on 7th November, 2005 in Wick Fire Station the S3-pupils' three months of activities and learning were acknowledged by Wick Station Officer, Gordon Cook, together with Sub Officer Kenny Swan, Leading Fire-fighter Richard Mackay, Fire-fighter Graham Doull, representatives of the Highlands & Islands Airport Ltd., Station Officer W Sutherland and Sub Officer D Cook.

Pupils, Christopher Ewing, Luke Graham, Andy Robertson, Kyle Mackay, Ryan Malcolm, Brian Munro, Nathan Lightley and Ross Stewart received their Fire Certificates and were commended on completing their sessions at Wick Fire Station and at Wick Airport.

Station Officer Graham Clark from Inverness Headquarters said: "I am pleased that all the boys responded so well to the training and I delighted to see that they had all completed the course."

During their visits to the fire station and airport, the pupils learned how the emergency services respond to, and what their role is in a fire situation.

The eight Wick pupils are working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award through the New Opportunities Fund.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a way to promote positive activities, to raise the esteem of young people and to reach those who would not normally take up this kind of challenge.

The pupils are supported in the school by Diane Gibson, Development Officer, Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Jane Wedderburn, a Pupil Support auxiliary at Wick High School.