Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
The Duke of Edinburgh Program will commence in 2016 under the leadership of Mr Chris Harris. The Duke of Edinburgh Program is an internationally recognised youth development program which empowers young people to explore their full potential. It involves three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold each progressively offering more challenging opportunities in the areas of Physical Recreation, Skill Development, Service, Adventurous Journey and Residential Project (Gold Level only).
The Duke of Edinburgh Award aims to achieve the following:
• recognise individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement;
• empower and opens doors for our students – improving all aspects of social and emotional learning and development;
• equip and empower students to achieve their personal best;
• students learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices;
• students become connected to and actively engage within their immediate community;
• students make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement;
• students learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success;
• students learn important life skills; and
• students increase their career opportunities.
Many of the requirements under The Duke of Edinburgh Award are presently being met by most of our students through the many co-curricular activities they are already involved in at school. Accordingly, Mr Harris will be able to work with the students to mentor and encourage them to credential themselves for what they are already doing so that they are able to complete at least the Bronze Level Award. It is expected all students in Year 9 will complete the requirements of the Bronze Level Award this year and then decide if they would like to continue to the Silver Level Award in Year 10. Students in Year 10 in 2016 have two options. They can either do the Bronze Level Award next year or go straight to Silver Level by doing more in the first year. Beginning at Silver Level opens up the possibility of completing the Gold Level Award by the end of Year 11. It is the students who complete all three levels of the Award that have the most to gain in terms of the credential, however, the process and activities involved at all three levels is of enormous benefit.
The Adventurous Journey component of The Duke of Edinburgh Award will be under the auspices of the highly professional Outdoor Education Group with Mr Harris as school liaison and other Scots staff in attendance with each group. The Bronze Level Award students will complete both the Qualifying and Assessment requirements in the one Adventurous Journey over four days on Monday 12 - Thursday 15 September. This Adventurous Journey will take place near Lithgow and is compulsory for all students in Year 9, even if they do not complete the other requirements of the Bronze Award in 2016.
The Silver Level Award students in Year 10 will complete the Qualifying component at the same location on the same dates but with different requirements. This Adventurous Journey is only available to students in Year 10 who are undertaking The Duke of Edinburgh Program. The rest of Year 10 will be in class at school over these four days. Because of the extended requirements of the Silver Award, the Adventurous Journey Assessment Camp will take place over three days following Speech Day on Friday 9 - Sunday 11 December in what promises to be a very exciting conclusion to their School year.
For further information on The Duke of Edinburgh Award, please look at their website www.dukeofed.com.au or contact Mr Harris early in the 2016 academic year.
Below are photographs from the DOE Camp in 2016