Congratulations to Jasmine S (current student), Bella H, Rebekah O and Ashleigh B (ex-students) on receiving the prestigious GOLD Duke of Ed award last week with their parents, Principal Elizabeth Carnegie and award leader Linda Silburn looking on proudly. His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, and 17 prominent Australians were there to personally present the Awards on behalf of HRH to our four Stella girls and approx. 400 other recipients.
The Duke of Edinburgh award has been described as ‘cross fit for life’ allowing students to develop their problem-solving and leadership abilities, encouraging participants to give back to society, and work in teams – often skills that are lost in teenage years as the influence of social media and technology threaten to take over.
The award is offered at Stella Maris College from Year 9 through to Year 12. Students are supported and encouraged to explore their personal interests to tailor an award plan that will help them achieve their potential in a range of areas and give them that extra edge needed to stand out from the crowd and reach their full potential in the future.
Reflection from Jasmine S:
‘From bike riding 800km in Thailand , to trekking through the rain along the Northern Beaches for my adventurous journey to providing educational resources and reading lessons to school children in Cambodia for my residential, I have been able to experience new cultures, learn from the wider community and recognise the positive impact that empowering others with compassion and support can have in the world, leaving me to feel like anything is possible’