Pupils’ Palace Honour
The Duke of York presents Bryony Bett and Ralph Svendsen with their awards at Buckingham Palace.
Encouraging words from HRH The Duke of York and a £1000 first prize made it a memorable, first-time trip to Buckingham Place for two enterprising Healing School pupils.
Bryony Bett and Ralph Svendsen won their category in a national competition and part of the prize was a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Prince Andrew.
The Year 10 students won the design and construction category in the TeenTech awards after picking homelessness as their theme with their project, ‘Contain Your Future,’ which looked at converting shipping containers into social housing.
They had a “once in a lifetime” experience at Buckingham Place.
Ralph said: “The most exciting part of the day was meeting the Duke of York but also entering Buckingham Palace through the front gates!”
Bryony had also had aday to remember.
“I enjoyed the drinks reception, where we had tea with Prince Andrew and also the chance to discuss our ideas with him,” she said.
“He asked us about the project and if we are progressing the idea. We told him we would very much like to.”
The pair travelled down to London with Careers Coordinator Miss Nikkita Henshall, who had suggested they enter.
It meant a second trip to the capital, having won the award at the finals in London last summer.
Miss Henshall said: “It was an amazing day and we kept saying this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“None of us had been into Buckingham Palace before. The reception was held in a beautiful room overlooking the gardens.
“It had been the first time we had entered the awards and I didn’t expect them to get as far as they did.
“But the idea caught the judges’ imagination. It had to relate to their home town and they had thought about homelessness and the number of containers with it being a port.
“The idea around homelessness shows they are socially aware and that was impressive.
“They met top people from industry. One of the judges was the architect behind the incredible roof at King’s Cross station.
“People were saying they should take their idea to their local council and this is what they hope to do. I’m just so proud of what they have achieved.”
Miss Henshall said the £1000 would be used to fund future initiatives around careers.
Principal Mrs Michelle Dewland was “thrilled”.
“What a fabulous result and experience for Bryony and Ralph. It’s something they won’t forget,” she said.
“Miss Henshall tells me that they gave an excellent presentation and held their own among their peers, many of whom had had a lot more presentation experience.
“We are all really proud of them and we will be supporting them in their ambition to have their ideas heard by North East Lincolnshire Council.”
The annual TeenTech awards is designed to introduce young people to possible careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM subjects.)
Bryony and Ralph enjoyed their trip to the Queen’s London home.