“I would like to start by thanking his Royal Highness, The Duke of Braganca for his presence today. Thank you also to Luisa de Sá Carneiro Beirão, National Director’ for the Award in Portugal – Prémio Infante D. Henrique for her incredible work.
Thank you to those who have supported and guided our young adults through their journey. The list is large and includes staff at Oporto British School, Assessors of all activities, the GNR and fire services as well as parents.
I commend all of our students, the participants, for being awarded today. It has been a great privilege to see you grow, face challenges and conquer them and truly benefit from the program. You are my first Bronze group and you have done me, yourselves, your families and communities proud.
Through voluntary service work, you have made a difference: to young children, to people less fortunate and the community.
Through physical recreation, you have proven your own strengths through continued effort.
Through skills, you have developed in art, music and other areas of your interests.
And through completing all activities, you have shown commitment and determination. All of you tried something new and I know you will have taken away something meaningful.
The training for and adventurous journeys saw you bond in teams. The team challenges were a particularly poignant moment.
At the end of the day, you have experiences, you have memories that will last a life time. I wish you all the very best and looking forward to many of you returning to collect your Silver award.
I leave you with this:
Remember that life is a journey. The experiences you create, the people you impact, the challenges you take on, this makes who you choose to be. There will be ups and downs, but you will always have proud moments to look back on.
Thank you. I will now hand you over.”
Alexandra Smith, (Award Leader – Monitora), OBS