A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised programme, which aims to motivate young people aged from 14 years to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development activities.  Students develop both leadership and teamwork skills by partaking in physical recreation, learning a new skill, providing a service to the community, and participating in Bushwalking Expeditions.

Participants of the Award learn to manage their time effectively to achieve the above goals, and show a regular commitment over a specified length of time, dependent upon the level of Award chosen.  As the onus of the award is for young people to demonstrate their ability to manage their involvement in many fields, students are assisted in directing their own programme and the activities that they wish to pursue, so that each student has a tailored Award Plan.  To assist in achieving the ‘expedition phase’ of the award, however, students participate in expedition training sessions held here at the College, and expeditions are led by College Staff.

The College currently supports students in gaining all three levels of the Award -  Bronze, Silver and Gold - and, as the level of Award progresses, there is a greater expectation on the young person to plan, organise and manage the different aspects of it.

Please direct any queries about the Award to Andrew Sole ASole@abpat.qld.edu.au