A group of Year 10 students will travel to New Zealand to complete their Silver or Gold hike The group will hike along the stunning Milford track and explore the Milford Sound area. The girls will be required to rise to a variety challenges throughout the trip including some very long days of walking and a range of different weather conditions. The girls will be required to show determination and resilience during their hike – two attributes we love to see in our Stella Girls.
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.