The Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) Award equips young people for life and work. Offering the DoE award, the College is further emphasising the values in our missions statement of being active contributors to local and global societies.
We believe that young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. At the College, we promote a balanced life of sporting and academic activities. Often the students spend their weekends tramping, hiking, riding, all over the South Island. We actively encourage our students to sign up to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh programme. The regular day-to-day student-led activities, service, and skill development are so ingrained in our culture which makes the Duke of Edinburgh such a good fit with the College.
The DoE Award is open to all 14-24 year olds regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.
Our varied year 10 camp activities provide the opportunity for the students to participate in their bronze award level adventurous journey or to use it as a practice adventurous journey for their silver or gold level award.
The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections - Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At the Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.
As an Award participant, you will have the chance to:
Design your own Award programme
Set your own goals and record your progress
Make a positive impact on the lives of others through community service
Learn valuable practical and social skills for career development
Take up the challenge of an adventurous journey
Connect with other Award participants at home and abroad