Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold - are run at Whangaparāoa College. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25.

It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable activities, and encourages friendships. As you move through the levels a higher degree of commitment is required, but you can choose your own activities for each Section and complete the requirements with things that you enjoy doing!

Its all about young people being the best that they can be.
Taking on the challenge of The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award is the first step towards growing into the best version of you!
Your Award is designed by you to help you, discover, build on your strengths and interests, and develop your personality to give you the ability to deal with everything life can throw at you. 

The Award is a four Section programme with three levels:
  • Bronze - open to all aged 14 and over and lasting at least 6 months
  • Silver - open to all aged 15 and over and lasting at least 6 months (12 months if Bronze not completed)
  • Gold - open to all aged 16 and over and lasting at least 12 months (18 months if no Bronze or Silver completed)

The Sections are:
  • Service- giving help in the local community
  • Skills- covering almost any non physical hobby, skill or interest
  • Adventurous Journey- training for, practicing, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle
  • Physical Recreation- sport, dance and fitness
  • Residential Project- for the Gold level only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions
For more information see the NZ DOE website dofehillary.org.nz or email Mrs Sinclair

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