Duke of Edinburgh
Each year between 250 and 350 Stella Girls from Years 9 to 12 are working towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. It’s not unusual to have around fifty of our seniors working on their Gold.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award began in the UK in 1958. The Duke believed that young people should be helped to develop their individual interests and special talents in a real world setting. His idea was to provide young people with a challenging program of activities that encourages self-reliance, initiative and effort.
The philosophy of the award is that it is:
- within everyone’s capacity
- non competitive
- completed in the students own time – not school time
Students may begin their Bronze Award at a minimum age of 14, their Silver Award at a minimum age of 15 and Gold at a minimum age of 16. Each Award has four components.
Most expeditions are held around our local region, including Brisbane Waters, Ku-ring-gai Chase and Lane Cove national parks. An expedition is offered to Silver participants to hike the Milford Track in the spectacular South Island of New Zealand, where students enjoy the challenge of hiking in an alpine area. Gold students are offered the opportunity to complete their residential component in either Vietnam or Cambodia.
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