Gold, Gold, Gold!

2018 11 15 dofe gold award ceremony web 08On Wednesday 14 November, three of our Year 12 students, Joanna Dearden, Timothy Ng and James Young were awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards. The awards were presented by the Governor of NSW, General David Hurley, at a ceremony at St Stephens Church. Following the ceremony the students attended a lavish reception held at Government House.

James, Joanna and Timothy completed Year 12 this year and last month finished their Higher School Certificate Examinations. All three students spent twelve months fulfilling activities in physical recreation, learned skills and community service and two-four day three night canoeing expeditions along the beautiful Shoalhaven River and the pristine Myall Lakes. Previously all three students had completed their Bronze and Silver levels.

This year, thirteen Pacific Hills students have been awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Awards. This is a significant achievement for our school and underlines the prestigious reputation of the award.

In his address to the audience of proud parents and grandparents, General Hurley noted that, “You need an ego to lead but you don’t lead with an ego.” He also stressed the importance of having a faith and the importance of service and sacrifice.

2018 has been a stellar year for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award at Pacific Hills. Forty students are finishing Bronze Awards and we hope many of these students will progress to Silver. There are a large number of silver participants completing their awards, which we trust will result in many students achieving the gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

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