Duke of Edinburgh

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Students in Year 9 (aged 14) are eligible to join. The Award is a youth self-development program for all young people. The Award is non-competitive and encourages young people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs.

There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for an Award: Community Service, Skills, Recreation and Expedition. These provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop skills, initiative and self-esteem which will help them become more confident members of the community. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is highly regarded by many employers.

Three Award levels are available – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Year 9 students may start at the Bronze level. To obtain the Bronze Award students must complete the following sections:

  • Service: At least three months at an average of one hour a week of voluntary Community Service and complete an appropriate course of specialised training such as a First Aid course.
  • Expedition: Complete training and a practice trip and then an expedition with overnight camping.
  • Skills: At least three months at an average of one hour a week of a cultural or social activity must be pursued leading to a deeper knowledge of the subject and the attainment of a reasonable degree of skill, for example dance or a musical instrument.
  • Physical Recreation: At least three months at an average of one hour a week participation in a physical activity, leading to some improvement in that activity.

In addition a further three months at an average of one hour a week must be completed in either the Service, Skill or Physical Recreation sections.

For more information on the obtaining the Silver and Gold medals, please visit the Duke of Edinburgh website at www.dukeofed.com.au
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