The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians between age 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.
At Kilvington Grammar, students in Year 9 are able to join.
The Award is a non-competitive program involving community service and adventure based activities of a practical and physical nature. These activities provide opportunities for the student to acquire and develop skills, initiative and self-esteem. Achievement in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, especially the Silver and Gold Awards, has been recognised by many employers when choosing applicants for employment.
There are three Award Levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold with the requirements of each level becoming progressively more demanding. Year 9 students commence at the Bronze level.
There are four aspects of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award; Volunteering, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Parallel components of the course that are offered to our Year 9 students at Kilvington, would count towards these aspects. It is expected that these activities would also be further developed outside of school. At Bronze, the minimum time commitment for each of Volunteering, Skill and Physical Recreation is 3 months, with one needing to be extended to 6 months. There will be an overnight bushwalk offered to the students later next year, which will act as the practise Adventurous Journey. Participation in the year 10 camp will act as the qualifying Adventurous Journey.