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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program has come out on top in a recent UK survey as being the most recognisable volunteering program looked for by employers. This survey found over two thirds of respondents believed entry-level candidates with voluntary experience have more employability skills such as teamwork and communication to offer than those who don’t.

Two of our students have recently achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The wonderful aspect of the program is that each student can choose a highly personalised pathway based on their interests and passions.

As part of her award, Macy (10JDIV) arranged “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House as a vocal piece for a jazz choir. This piece was sung as part of the repertoire for Concordia’s Central Australia music tour, a ten-day tour to the heart of Australia.

Many of our students take part in a variety of activities outside of school that can be utilised in their Award. Over the last few years, Elijah (12HROS) has undertaken over 300 hours of training and service with St John Ambulance as a Cadet. This formed the basis for the service aspect of his Silver Award.

We congratulate Jack (11RBEN), who has recently been awarded his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. He achieved his Award through involvement and training with Australian Air Force Cadets.

Congratulations, Macy, Elijah and Jack.

Emma Rieger
Enrichment and Extended Learning