The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Gippsland Grammar offers young people an opportunity to expand upon their experiences from the Outdoor Education Program, which currently operates at Years 9, 10, 11 and 12. A wide variety of activities are pursued depending upon individual choices. The Award has three levels, Bronze; Silver; and Gold, and for each separate award, participants fulfil the requirements of the four sections.
As the minimum age for entry to the Award is fourteen years, Year 9 is considered an appropriate time to offer entry. Students may choose to enter the Award at a later stage in their schooling; however, experience shows that for the participants’ benefit, early entry is advantageous.
There are four main sections of the award. Physical recreation, skill, service and an adventurous journey. All sections of the Bronze Award must be completed outside of the school environment, generally over a period of 12 weeks. Year 9 students are required, as part of the School curriculum, to be involved in the ongoing Outdoor Education Program, which involves three challenging camps. These camps may automatically qualify participants for the “Adventurous Journey” section of the Bronze Award.
The Award is voluntary and students must make a commitment to give their best efforts. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a great opportunity for young people to extend and challenge themselves through participation in new or existing interesting activities. The award is well recognised in the wider community, particularly at the Gold Level and the Governor awards successful candidates their certificates at Government House in Melbourne.