Presentation of Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

2018 05 04 dofe award presentation web 01On Friday 04 May at the Senior School Assembly, fifty-two Year 10 students were awarded their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh International Awards. In addition, five Year 11 students received their silver awards. The students have worked very hard to achieve these awards.

Each bronze participant completed physical recreation, learned skills and volunteering for three months with one of those three sections being completed for six months. In addition, they have been trained in bushcraft, navigation, teamwork, leadership and first aid skills and have participated in two overnight journeys- firstly in the southern highlands of NSW in June 2017 and walking between Hornsby and Berowra Waters Ferry in November 2017. The Silver students spent ix months developing skills, doing physical activities and performing community service. They undertook two three day/two night canoe trips on the Hawkesbury River. More than anything the attainment of a bronze or silver Duke of Edinburgh International Awards demonstrates character in perseverance, community awareness, and a commitment to excellence. We are very proud of their efforts and we warmly congratulate them.

The bronze group was the largest group of Pacific Hills students to complete their bronze awards. We had fifty-two students commence their awards and fifty-two complete their awards. This is a 100% success rate and underlines the quality of the students who are involved in this program. Many of these students are continuing to silver and some students will be participating in the New Zealand trip in December, 2019.

Mrs O’Neil and I are delighted to be a part of this program and it is a joy to work with committed and passionate young people. However, without the wonderful support of many teachers at Pacific Hills, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program simply could not occur. Teachers who are involved include Mr Chew, Mrs Tondl, Miss Francis, Mrs Choy, Mrs Munro, Mrs Chambers, Miss Smith and Mr Wannan.

On the 29th of May, ten of our students will be receiving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award from General David John Hurley, AC, DSC, FTSE, the Governor of NSW at Government House. This is our largest group to have received their awards in one calendar year. Not everyone can be Dux of the School or School Captain, but with courage, commitment, resilience and sheer guts, students can achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award. We honour these people on the board in the foyer.

In December, this year Mrs O’Neil and I are taking another group to do the Routeburn and Milford Tracks in New Zealand. In 2019, twenty five students along with Mrs O’Neil, Miss Smith and myself will be again doing the New Zealand trip. Friendships built around shared challenging experiences last a long time and there is a special, almost magical tie that binds them, a bond which others outside themselves, simply cannot understand.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Pacific Hills has grown remarkably over the past few years. The aim is to develop students academically, physically, socially and spiritually. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award helps students to balance their life and allow them to develop personally, serve the community and have adventures within a group setting in challenging environments.


Bronze Awardees
Gautham Aravindhan, Sumin Baik, Hugh Bingham, Alex Budinsky, Arabella Burfield, Kaitlin Chang,
Scott Connorton, Andrew Cooper, Kelly Dixon, Amy Elsegood, Ryan Fehon, Heather Finlay,
Matthew Gates, Jun Hee Han, Moné Howard, Dylan Huntley, Bianca Janse Van Rensburg,
Yeyoung Jeong, Joshua Kan, Daniel Kim, Daniel Y Kim, Grace Kim, Julian Knocker, Joshua Kouts,
Joshua Lattouf, Susan Lee, Melissa Leek, Chris Lin, Logan Marshall, William Magus, Simone Mateo,
Acacia McCrindle, Jessica Middlebrook, William Mitchell, Tamara Oei, Lachlan Parkin,
Amelia Paterson, Morgan Reedy, Sharni Selzer, Daena Smart, James Smit, Michael Squires,
Suzaan Stander, Oscar Strachan, Jemma Swaak, Daniel Teo, Troy Theuns, Lachlan Vos, Azriel Woo,
Ethan Wynne, Saki Yoshizumi and Kai-Yu Zee,

Silver Awardees
Augusta Bothma, Stephen Deane, Lukas Kiehl, Freya Sinclair, Nicholas White

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