By Student Reporter, Ruben
Student Reporters at Hove Park School were given an exclusive interview with HRH The Earl of Wessex at Buckingham Palace as part of his 50 Birthday celebrations.
The students discussed with The Earl his active role in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and his role as of Patron of the British Paralympic Association, as well as the delicate topic of his forthcoming big 5-0 in March.
The students secured the interview after writing to The Earl when looking for possible stories for their work on the BBC News School Report, a project run by the BBC which helps young people experience broadcast news. Aisha, one of the junior reporters to write to The Earl said: “When we wrote the letter we were expecting a polite ‘no’. It felt incredible and unreal when we heard it was ‘yes’”.
During the interview The Earl expressed his enthusiasm for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and explained to the students how it is a life changing experience for many young people, giving them the opportunity achieve their full potential whatever their circumstances.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is open to those aged 14 - 24 years and has three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. It helps over 275,000 young people every year from every background. Over two million young people have achieved their Duke of Edinburgh's Award since it began in 1956.
Poppy, one of the four students involved in the interview said: “The whole day was fantastic and even though I was very nervous the Earl put us at ease before we started our questions.” Another student reporter, Amy, said: “The interview was conducted in a grandly decorated room close to the famous balcony where the Royal Family wave to the crowds from. Just being there was amazing!”
Before leaving the students gave The Earl an early birthday card which was designed by Ruby a Year 7 student at the school.
A broadcast version of the interview will be aired later in March.