The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a youth development program, empowering all Australians aged between 14-25 to explore their full potential.
Attaining the Award involves students learning valuable skills in outdoor education, leadership, and teamwork. Last week, a group of Year 9 students undertook an overnight camping expedition as part of their Bronze Award. The hiking expedition saw the students walk 20 kilometres over two days to the Brisbane Ranges and then the Lederderg Ranges. The students had been training (via their Year 9 camp and electives) to prepare for the adventurous journey. The group were blessed with good weather and each of the teams learned a great deal about navigation – three of our teams ‘misplaced’ themselves over the course of the trip, but using their new skills, they eventually found themselves again!
We also have a group of five Year 11 students currently away in Torquay undertaking their Practice Adventurous Journey, testing water and soil quality in the area as well as doing activities such as the Otway Fly and bike riding. This expedition is to work towards their Gold Award.
In order to achieve the Award, students are also required to organize and complete activities in the areas of skills, service, and physical recreation. In the past, this has seen our students take up new skills such as cooking and photography, assist in the community through charities or schools, and improve their skills and knowledge of their team or individual sport.
This year, we have over 150 students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Well done especially to those nineteen students working towards attaining their Gold Award this year:
To find out more about the award, visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award website.
If your child is interested in working towards attaining their Duke of Edinburgh, please contact Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Ms Narelle Stone.
Have a look in the gallery below at some photos from our recent Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast