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All about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


Many Australian Schools offer the opportunity for their students to undergo the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a program designed to build resilience, leadership and practical life skills in students.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program

How does the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program work?

Components:

There are 3 levels in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award:

1. Bronze

The Bronze Award is for students aged 14 years and over. It comprises 1 hour a week average and an additional 3 months for a major in voluntary service, physical recreation or skills.

2. Silver

The Silver Award is for students aged 15 years and over. It comprises 1 hour a week average and an additional 6 months for a major in voluntary service, physical recreation or skills if the student has not completed the Bronze award.

3. Gold

The Gold Award is for students aged 16 years and over. It comprises 1 hour a week average and an additional 6 months for a major in voluntary service, physical recreation or skills if the student has not completed the Silver award.

There are 4-5 sections students can complete including:

Students are encouraged to provide Voluntary Service to their community and others.

Types of activities: Youth work, environmental service, charity work, supporting a local emergency service etc.

Students are encouraged to participate in physical recreation and sport to improve their own health and wellbeing.

Types of activities: Athletics, cycling, ball and racket sports, dancing, fitness activities etc.

Students are encouraged to develop their personal interests and social skills.

Types of activities: Music, sports coaching, games, media and communications, arts and crafts etc.

Students prepare and train for a journey in a new environment with a purpose in a small team.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids on experienced walk. kids on walking track.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

Types of activities: cycling along an ancient trail, carrying out a demanding journey by foot, cycle or canoe/kayak, exploring human impact in national parks, exploring the natural world e.g. erosion, geology, animal studies etc.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids crossing a bridge in the outdoors.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

This is only completed for students obtaining the Gold Award. Students are encouraged to expand themselves by connecting with others in a residential setting.

Types of activities: Youth parliaments, construction projects, leading a youth camp, crew member on board a ship etc.

The layout of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award often differs for each student.

Young people are encouraged to structure the program to “fulfil their passions and ambitions”.

Students can choose different activities as long as they meet:

Why do students complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program aims to equip young people with the skills for life and work. The program activities such as service, physical and adventure based activities assist student development.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids on adventure in the desert.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

Students are guided by their Award Leader, activity Assessor or other Award volunteers.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is entirely voluntary.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Snowy Mountains Grammar is an integral part of the School’s pursuit to challenge students to develop new skills, nurture resilience and make positive contributions to their local community.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids on hike.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

“More than one third of students in Years 9 to 12 participate in the program across the three levels of the Award.

In 2022 the students embarked upon two very challenging and rewarding Adventurous Journeys.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids on peak of a mountain.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

In April the expedition party completed the coveted Ten Peaks hike where students summitted the Ten highest mountains in Australia over a four day period. In June, the students completed the first three sections of the spectacular Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids on top of a mountain. kids on a hike.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. kids on hike trail.

Credit: Snowy Mountains Grammar School

The students certainly epitomised Kurt Hahn’s (the founder of the Award program) motto of ‘There is more in you than you think’.”

Mrs Melissa Bell, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Coordinator and Head of Education Support and Enrichment at Snowy Mountains Grammar School

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Alumni

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program has a strong global alumni network.

Some notable alumni include:

Choosing a school for your child can be difficult, if you wish to receive further information please see Choosing a School NSW 37 or Choosing a School VIC 34.

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