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Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Gold Evening

06 June 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rebecca Meadows
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The Australian Ambassador, H E Mr Paul Robilliard was on hand to present 36 Year 13 students with their Gold Level Duke of Edinburgh's International Award certificates and pins on Thursday 1st June at the annual Gold Award Presentation Evening.

The beautiful event took place in the Primary Hall where students and their families enjoyed dinner and a range of musical performances and presentations from Head of School Mr Mills, Outdoor Education Leader Kirsten Bennett and recipients themselves.

Within the group of students who received their Gold Level Awards are those who have trekked the trails of Tongariro National Park in New Zealand and Mount Jimba in Japan or kayaked through the waters of Phang Nga Bay all whilst completing their academic commitments and undertaking the IB Diploma.

“In all honesty, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been one of my proudest achievements thoughout my entire Secondary School education, becasuse it has enabled me to create some phenomenal memories and also helped me discover things about myself that I didn’t know.” Harry Williams

“In Year 10, when we were first introduced to The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, I was quite hesitant. DOE sounded like a difficult challenge, not only physically but also mentally. However, even after climbing mountains in pouring rain and freezing to death in those uncomfortable two person tents, I don’t regret taking part in this amazing experience.  It not only helped me become a much more well-rounded person, but also taught me life skills that I couldn’t obtain in a classroom.” Buse Ozgulsen 

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been a highlight of my Secondary school experience and I could never have expected to be so impacted by the invaluable friendships and lessons this Award has provided me. I am extremely grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of this monumental but rewarding journey for the last four years.” Nicholas Landi

“I learnt about the rewarding nature of ongoing commitment. Seeing progress, whether that is in the environment, my own skills or my own strengths, was always awe-inspiring and motivated me to keep going. The International Award program allowed me to gain unforgettable experiences and build long lasting relationships. It was definitely worth all the metaphorical blood, the literal sweat and almost tears.” Sara Markkanen


Did you participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award? Share your memories in the comments section below!