Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adventures

Our Gold D of E girls on the Overland Track.

Over the summer vacation, many girls participating in Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journeys at both the Gold and Bronze award levels. Students canoed through the Morton National Park, walked the Overland Track in Tasmania, the Royal National Park and the Colo River area.

We also had girls completing their Residential Projects as part of their Gold Award, requiring them to participate or lead an activity such as horse camps, working with underprivileged children, sport camps and being guides at summer camps, to name just a few.

This year, we have a remarkable number of students registered in the Award with 68 girls in the Bronze Award, 71 in the Silver Award and 52 in the Gold Award.

Throughout Outdoor Education Week, girls from Years 7-10 will be camping — some for the first time. For those girls currently working towards their Bronze or Silver Awards, Outdoor Education Week will count towards the Award as their practice adventurous journey. Girls will learn from the guides and demonstrate the ability to work with groups and upskill their camping, navigating and teamwork. There will be other camps organised throughout the year for all Award levels.

Designed to foster personal achievement, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is undertaken from Year 9. The Award is a programme of cultural, practical and adventurous activities covering four different areas: Service, Expeditions, Skills and Physical Recreation. Through participation in Frensham’s Jamieson Programme, students also gain approval to complete Service and Skills components of the D of E programme.

From L-R: Mairi Menzies, Phoebe Coupland, Tamara Unsworth, Olivia MacDiarmid, Mabel Gowland, Emily Conradt, Charlotte Menzies, Pip Ireson, Ms Sara Farmer on the Overland Track.

Miranda McGufficke (Year 12) kayaking in Morton National Park.

Read full text from all faculties this week:

Faculty News Term 1 No 3 | PDF