The Life Newsletter

Principal – T2 W6 2024

Why the Duke of Edinburgh International Award matters

At OPAC there are a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer to students to enhance their college experience and broaden their skills. I’d like to highlight one of them this week.

From Year 9 students can register to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program. The “Duke of Ed” program provides opportunities for young Australians to fulfil their personal passions and ambitions, whilst connecting with other people in their community.

This year, we have witnessed the dedication and perseverance of our young achievers who have completed various levels of the award, showcasing their commitment to personal development, community service, and adventure.

Achievements at a Glance:

Bronze Award: 10 students

Silver Award: 7 students

Gold Award: 1 student

A special mention goes to Kimberley Thorson (2023 alumni), who received her Gold Award from the Governor of New South Wales earlier this year. This prestigious recognition is a testament to her hard work and determination and highlights the high honour associated with the Gold Award.

We currently have 44 students registered for the Bronze Award and 9 for Silver.

The Duke’s Award is more than just an accolade; it is a journey of self-discovery and growth. Here are a few reasons why students should consider participating in this enriching program:

  1. Personal Development
    The Award encourages students to push their boundaries and develop new skills. From learning a musical instrument to mastering a new language, the program allows students to choose activities that foster their personal growth and broaden their horizons.
  2. Community Service
    Participation in the program instills a sense of social responsibility. Students engage in community service projects, which not only benefit the community but also teach them the value of giving back. This experience nurtures empathy and leadership qualities
  3. Physical Recreation
    The physical recreation component promotes a healthy lifestyle and enhances physical fitness. Whether it’s a team sport, hiking, or individual training, students learn the importance of maintaining physical well-being.
  4. Adventurous Journey
    The adventurous journey aspect of the program is often the most exhilarating. It challenges students to explore unfamiliar environments, work as a team, and develop resilience. This component is essential in building confidence and fostering a spirit of adventure.
  5. International Recognition
    The Award is internationally recognized, adding significant value to university applications and resumes. It demonstrates a student’s ability to set goals, manage time, and persevere through challenges.

Each student’s journey is unique, and their achievements reflect their dedication and hard work.

We encourage all Senior School students to consider participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. It is an opportunity to grow, serve, and excel in various aspects of life. As a college, we are committed to supporting our students throughout their Award journey, ensuring they have the resources and guidance they need to succeed. Mr Rohan Miller is the Duke’s Coordinator and can provide more information to interested students. The next adventurous journey is planned for early September when students hike from Wattamolla in the Royal National Park to Heathcote.

Congratulations once again to all our Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients. Your achievements inspire us all and set a wonderful example for your peers.

God bless, 

Mrs Naomi Wilkins

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12