We recently had the honour of handing out three Duke of Edinburgh Certificates in assembly: one Bronze, and two silver. We also watched a fabulous video account of the gold group’s recent expedition to New Zealand’s spectacular Milford Track which was led by the amazing Mrs Korowec and her husband. For those who are not aware, Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) seeks to empower “all young Australians between ages 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance”.
In participating in the Award “each young person … learns a skill, improves their physical well-being, volunteers in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment… and through this challenging journey of self-discovery, the students: are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best; learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices; become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community; make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement; learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success; learn important life skills; and increase their career opportunities”.
As you can see it is a program that dovetails beautifully with our own Goals, and is a program that makes a real difference to students (www.dukeofed.com.au/about-the-award/ the-award).
We would therefore urge all parents to discuss the program with their children. However, places are limited (largely because it is very demanding on the often volunteer staff) so if your child is interested, please encourage them to apply as soon as possible.
How is an Award Achieved?
The key elements of our program are:
- Open to all between the ages of 14 to 25.
- Three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold; each progressively more challenging.
- Four Sections: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey plus Residential Project (Gold Level only).
- Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.