Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has seen a revival in recent years at the College with growing numbers of students registered at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. We are proud that so many of our students have persevered to achieve the highest accolade, the Gold Award.
The College has a unique history as it was the first school in New Zealand to offer the award. In 1961 the first group of nine boys started at Bronze level, now we have well over 100 students enrolled in the scheme each year.
The Awards are tough and not easily achieved. They entail a huge amount of individual challenge and personal commitment. At Bronze and Silver level there are four sections to complete.
These sections are balanced to provide a framework that encourages physical activity, mental challenge, individual perseverance, teamwork and interaction with other people. A fifth section is added at Gold level, a residential project that requires participants to spend five or more days on a purposeful project with new companions.
The Sections are:
- Service - giving help in the local community
- Skills - covering almost any non physical hobby, skill or interest
- Adventurous Journey - training for, practising, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle
- Physical Recreation - sport, dance and fitness
- Residential Project - for the Gold level only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions
The ‘Adventurous Journey’ section sees groups of our students set out to the ranges in the Waitakeres, Hunua or Coromandel or further afield to Great Barrier Island, the Hauraki Gulf or Marlborough Sounds, on both practice and assessment expeditions. Throughout the year, the Gold students travel far and wide to complete their residential projects. This requires them to spend five days in an unfamiliar environment undertaking activities that are of benefit to themselves or others. Over the years, students have been to Nepal, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the South Island to complete this. More about these trips can be read in our Service section.