The Duke of Edinburgh program was established at Shellharbour Anglican College in 2009 with a foundation group of 12 eager Year 9 students. Since then, the program has grown each year and in 2012 our first group of Gold Awardees were recognised. There are now over 80 students participating across Years 9, 10 and 11.
In order to qualify for the Bronze and Silver Awards, each participant is required to devise his or her own diverse program, consisting of at least one hour per week of sport, skill and community service, in addition to this, participants need to successfully complete two overnight expeditions in wilderness areas.
At Gold level only, students are required to complete a Residential Project of at least 5 days and since 2011 participants have been a part of our Gilgandra Service Learning Trip. Upon completing the Award, students demonstrate an increased knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They are resilient, confident in overcoming challenges, they understand the importance of teamwork and are highly employable.
Applications for the Bronze Program occur at the beginning of Term 4 of Year 8. Applications for Silver Program and Gold Program occur at the end of Year 9 and Year 10 respectively.