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IA 2018

International Awards at LCIS

Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith (2 posts) PE Teacher, International Award Coordinator and Supervisor View Profile

After another successful year of Outdoor Education activities, including Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards , the LCIS Outdoor Education team are now ready to launch an even more ambitious series of trips for the 2018-2019 academic year!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, operating in over 130 countries and territories around the globe.

A highly-regarded and internationally recognised programme, it provides a healthy balance between a school's rigourous academic curriculum and the individual development of each student, providing them with the opportunity to develop their team skills, commitment and resilence.

Being able to complete an International Award can have a major impact on a young person's life, providing concrete evidence of their skills and experience when applying for jobs and for a place at their university of choice

International Award - Silver

For those over 15 years old

This year, 5 Secondary students from LCIS undertook three paddling expeditions to Switzerland and Italy in order to complete the skills, service, physical recreation and adventurous journey sections required to gain the International Silver Award. What an amazing adventure!

True to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards core values, which highlight the need for young people to take on personal challenges outside the classroom to become responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world, our students have truly put themselves to the test:

  • The first expedition to Lake Thun and Lake Brienz was quite demanding due to the sweltering heat. The students had to challenge themselves on the portage of the river all the way through to Interlaken, what a impressive achievement! The trip was really good fun for our team of friends, who managed to find time for some cliff-jumping as well.
  • The second expedition to Lake Como required them to paddle from south to north, covering almost the entire length of the lake in only 3 days! On the final day, students had to wake up at 4.30am to complete the challenge, giving proof of their endurance. All their International Award supervisors and assessors were impressed by their determination, well done everyone!
  • The third and last expedition to Lake Neuchâtel proved really challenging due to the adverse weather conditions: strong wind up to force 5 and 2 ft of swell. Even under such taxing conditions the boys remained focused, calm and well-balanced on their SUPs. This trip saw the students collaborate, perserve and be fully dedicated to the International Award philosophy.
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International Award - Bronze

For those over 14 years old

Sixteen of our lower Secondary School students joined the IA Bronze team and were required to undertake a 3-day hiking expedition to Rolle (VD), the Jura and Château-d'Oex in Switzerland.

  • The first challenge was low level camping in Rolle, Canton Vaud. The students had to navigate through villages and the Arboretum National Park to reach the town of Rolle. Some mistakes were made but the AI assessors and Leaders were delighted to see the students persereve until they all reached their designated destination in the end.
  • The second IA Bronze expedition to the high Jura started off with fantastic weather conditions, which unfortunately deteriorated quickly until a very heavy storm forced the team to retreat back to school and make dens in the classroom!
  • The third and last expedition to Château-d'Oex saw the students walk from La Lécherette to Rougemont over two days. All groups showed huge progress working together, and learning to make decisions as a team. 
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards encourage students to challenge themselves by participating in sporting, community and team activities, which allow them to learn new skills, become more self confident and develop a sense of responsibility and commitment
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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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