Duke of Edinburgh
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 â€“ 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.