What is the Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) Award?
The DoE Award is a programme of activities in which our students are required to gain a new skill, improve their physical fitness, volunteer in their community and engage in an adventure/outdoor experience in a new environment. The success of the programme is measured by regular participation over a period of time, asking the students to provide evidence of their engagement and to keep track of their own progress in each activity. All students who choose to participate are guided on their outdoor adventure by our dedicated DoE coordinators.
Benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award
The DoE Award is divided into three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold, which require different time commitments, progressing from Bronze to Gold. Students can start at the Bronze Award in Year 10. In Years 12 and 13, IBDP students can count their activity hours towards both the DoE Award and their CAS requirements.
The DoE provides a framework that equips young people with a range of skills they need to succeed in an ever-evolving world. Young people must demonstrate that their skills have improved, and they are recognizing areas of personal growth. It provides individuals with values and experiences that are in high demand in the world of work. From volunteering to the adventures an award winner must undertake, employers are looking for well-rounded employees. Frequently, students and teachers report that the award winners have demonstrated personal growth in these areas:
- Emotional literacy
- Resilience and determination
- Relationship building and leadership skills
- Creativity and adaptability
- Planning and problem-solving skills
- Civic and intercultural competence
- Personal and social wellbeing
- Communication skills
- Increased commitment to charitable and community causes
- Improved environmental awareness