On Tuesday 19th September, Ellie, Josh, Kurtis and Morgan accompanied Mrs Ramshaw and Miss Noble on a trip of a life-time to Birmingham University and the Great Hall (created by architect Aston Webb who also designed the principal facade of Buckingham Palace and the main building of the Victoria and Albert Museum).
The programme for the day included an introduction by guest speaker David Walliams.
After the video, the awards took place. From all the children who took part last year, Ellie was selected as one of three students who received a “Student of the Year Award”. She received her award from the Duke who apologised for making her “walk such a long way” to get it (we were sat right at the back of the hall)! We couldn’t be more proud!
On stage at @unibirmingham, The Duke presented a series of special awards to children from schools around the UK.
His Royal Highness became the charity’s Patron in 2009. #RoyalVisitBirmingham pic.twitter.com/U1bUM4bpHh
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 18, 2018
The children had been selected as one of the few schools that the Prince and David Walliams spoke to after the event.
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) September 18, 2018
As reported on the Hello! web-site:
Earlier in the day, as Prince William toured through the Great Hall at the Aston Webb building, he met some of the young people who had graduated following the first year of the Prince William Award, which aims to help build school children’s character and confidence.
He confessed to one group from Dunn Street Primary School in Tyne and Wear, in the northeast of England, “I got scared in school sometimes.”
Speaking to the children about what they’d learned from the award program that helps build resilience in school, he said, “I was nervous about putting my hand up in class. There’s no such thing as a silly question.”
Birmingham University’s motto is: Per Ardua Ad Alta. It is the same motto as the RAF. It means: through difficulty to heights. How apt!