For several years now, Covenant has offered students the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is an extra curricular program to challenge students in areas that aren't taught in classrooms. Covering areas such as Physical Recreation, Skill, Volunteering, Adventurous Journey and Residential Projects, Duke of Ed has been running in NSW since 1962 and now has 8500 participants every year. These participants, with the help of an Award Coordinator, can design their own program around their passions and interests by using extra curricular activities that they are already doing or starting a new challenge.
The Duke of Ed award, believes in ten philosophies which state that The Award is:
- Available to everyone
- About experiencing, connecting and developing
- Not a competition
- About personal achievement
- A marathon, not a sprint
Many thanks to Mr John Hill, who has guided previous participants of the Duke of Ed Award over all three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold), which included numerous hikes over many days! The photo below was taken on a recent hike by Duke of Ed participants earlier this year.
If you are interested in the Duke of Ed Award for your child, or for yourself, please refer to the Duke of Ed website (http://www.dukeofed.com.au/
) for more information or contact the Covenant office when school resumes for 2013.