To achieve 100% is for most people a rare occurrence. On the rare occasions that this mark is achieved, we should really celebrate. And so it is that we congratulate the 2016 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award cohort. Of the 42 students who commenced their award in 2016, 42 students successfully completed their award. This is the first occasion that whole intake of Pacific Hills students doing a level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been successfully completed their awards. It is nice to achieve 100%.
To complete the Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award takes commitment, perseverance and determination. The requirements for the award are;
Physical – This section encourages participants to improve health and fitness, whatever their starting point. Participants can choose to do a team sport, solo sport or any healthy activity.
Skills – This section develops personal interests, and practical and social skills. Participants can choose to improve on an existing skill or try something new. It is all about having a go, learning something, getting better at it and giving participants a sense of achievement and wellbeing.
Service - This section encourages consistent weekly volunteering and to realise the positive difference a participant can have in the community. It also helps improve skills such as teamwork, communication and self-confidence.
Two of these sections a completed for three months with a minimum of one hour per week. One section requires one hour a week for six months.
Adventurous Journeys – Each participant completes two overnight journeys (a practice and a qualifying journey). Participants have the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, develop self-confidence, teamwork and resilience. It takes participants out of their comfort zone. The Adventurous Journeys undertaken were a three day/two night practice journey to Biloela in the Southern Highlands during June, and in November, an overnight qualifying journey from Hornsby to Berowra Waters Ferry.
So, we congratulate the Bronze participants from 2016. They have worked hard, served their school and community and grown as people. Many of these students will now progress to the Silver and Gold levels. Those students who attain their Gold Award are honoured on the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients Board in the front foyer of the school.
Students who have finished their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2016/17
Bronte Ackley, Jonah Aw, Raquel Bradley, Samuel Breedon, Blake Bridgewater, Augusta Bothma, Reagan Cooke, William Dearden, Matisse Di Mauro, Stephen Edney, Matthew Foster, Aaron Gillan, Bethany Gourlay, Alex Hellstrom, Esther Hough, Grace Jeong, Montana Jonker, Lukas Kiehl, Jaeyoung Kim, Daniel Lee, Justin Lee, Naomi Lee, Sophie Luker, Ewen Maccoll, Blake Mahaffie, Jessica McCrindle, Naomi Messer, Yashay Naidoo, Gemma Nix, Patrick Oates, Melanie O’Neil, Daniel Or, Roweena Ow, Blake Ryan, Timothy Santoso, Freya Sinclair, Aiden Sumskas, Nathan Toth, Sara Van Velze, Nick White, Caden Wickham-Hill and Naomi Young.