The practical life skills and hands-on experiences that students gain through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award helps them build resilience, self-confidence and problem solving skills that equip them to thrive in our fast-changing world.
Ella, a 2019 Gold Award recipient, summed up what the award has done for her – “Duke of Ed has helped give me the confidence to set goals and strive to achieve them in all areas of my life. I am more confident, more organised and more self-reliant thanks to all the skills I learnt”.
In a nutshell, the award has four sections which participants give an average of an hour per week towards – physical recreation, skills, voluntary service and adventurous journey. Schools appoint an award leader who oversees the participants – helping them sign up and oversee their progress (we use an online system) and to sign off their award. This can be a teacher, administrator or parent.
There are now a range of vocational NCEA credits available to award participants at each level.
To find out more about what the award can offer your students, give Nathan a call on (0800) 69 29 27 and check out www.dofehillary.org.nz