A group of 19, Year 11 girls head off to Cambodia where they will engage in a community service activity by assisting at the Happy Days Village School. This is an initiative that the D of E program at Stella Maris supports through various fund raising activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is offered to Stella Maris students from Year 9 to Year 12. The Award is a leading youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential. It is an internationally recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is well known at Stella Maris, and is recognised globally as a significant award scheme, engaging young people in community service, skill development, physical activity and expedition or exploration. The Award consists of three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Such is the rigour of the Award scheme and the exponential hours required to complete each section as a student progresses through the levels, that only a small percentage who commence Bronze, ever go on to complete Gold whilst still at School.
The Duke of Edinburgh program teaches life-long skills of organisation and time management. Students are challenged and often participate outside of their comfort zone, but this in turn develops character and instills in them a sense of adventure.