Co-Curriculum

Duke of Edinburgh

DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SCHEME
  
 
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is operational at Brigidine College and is available to Year 9 students (aged 14) onwards. The Award is a self-development program for all young people. The Award is non competitive and encourages young people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs. There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for an Award: Community Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. These provide an opportunity for students to acquire and/or develop skills, initiative and self-esteem that will help them become more confident members of the community. The Scheme is also highly regarded by many employers.
Participants design their own program by selecting activities they are interested in, setting their own goals and striving to achieve their own potential. The Award has three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

 

The following are the minimum time requirements and prices for each section of The Award. 

 

 

Bronze - $105

Silver - $110    

Gold - $125

Physical Recreation

3 months*

6 months**

12 months***

Skill

3 months*

6 months**

12 months***

Service (Volunteering)ɫ

3 months*

6 months**

12 months***

Adventurous Journey****

2 days + 1 night

3 days + 2 nights

4 days + 3 nights

Residential Project

N/A

N/A

5 days + 4 nights

Minimum age to start 

14 years

15 years

16 years

*A Major section needs to be chosen and all participants must complete an additional 3 months in either Fitness, Skill or Service for this section.
These are minimum time requirements and are expressed in whole months, during which there should be regular commitment (at least one hour/week.)
**Participants who have not achieved a Bronze Award must complete an additional 6 months in either Fitness, Skill or Service.
***Participants who have not achieved a Silver Award must complete an additional 6 months in either Fitness, Skill or Service.
****The Adventurous Journey involves a minimum of preparations and training for, and completing both a practice and qualifying journey.
 
Service: A Voluntary Community Service.
Skills: A cultural or social activity must be pursued leading to a deeper knowledge of the subject and the attainment of a reasonable degree of skill e.g. Playing a musical instrument or languages.
Physical Recreation: Participation in an individual or group physical activity
 
The cost of the programme covers all certificates and badges, insurance and administration. Please note that there are two weekend expeditions for each level starting at a cost of approximately $220 for Bronze, not including food, equipment and travel. The expeditions and training are run by Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre. Information regarding Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre can be found at: (www.campsomerset.com.au/). Students organize their own camp dates in school holiday times. The College requests that once a student has confirmed a place at a holiday camp they let the Duke of Ed Co-ordinator know of their attendance.
 
We hope your daughter will take advantage of this opportunity to join the scheme.
You can visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website at www.dukeofednsw.au.com for more information; alternatively your daughter could come and see me in the front office.
 
Mrs Maria Harbutt

 

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Co-ordinator