The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a world-wide and highly prestigious service award which aims to establish leadership and initiative in students and the chance for them to discover their full potential.
The program involves three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and, at Gold level, Residential. Each section must be done for a minimum period of time. It must be monitored and then assessed by someone with knowledge of that particular activity to achieve an Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award it has become a significant program to develop the skills of our students. Currently we have one of the largest programs on offer in NSW with an increasing demand for places each year.
The Award is not a competition against anyone else, but rather a personal challenge. It offers the opportunity to work with others while focusing on the individual’s own unique abilities.
Students at St Patrick’s College may apply to commence the program in Year 9, with the opportunity to continue through to Year 12.
Selection Criteria Rationale
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Program
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is one of the most popular co‐curricular activities offered at St Patrick’s College. Students participating in this program need to demonstrate ongoing commitment in order to achieve the goals of the program.
The purpose of the criteria shall be to:
i) recognise students who demonstrate commitment to their studies, exemplary behaviour, responsiblity and school spirit.
ii) select students to fill the number of available places (70) in the College Bronze Duke of Edinburgh program.
1. The process is explained to all Year 8 students during the first week of Year 8.
2. Students nominate to be considered for inclusion in the program during Week 7 of Term 4.
3. The criteria is applied to students for points earned up to and including Friday 2 December and students are ranked according to the points they have accumulated in descending order.
4. The top 70 ranked sutdents will be invited to participate in the Year 9 program. if students decline their position, the next highest ranked student will be invited.
The following criteria will be applied to rank students in descending order on points accumulated.
Students gain points in the following ways:
Attendance at significant school events in Year 8 earns 5 points per event (unless a medical certificate is supplied on the day the student returns to school). College Swimming Carnival, College Athletics Carnival, Ash Wednesday parish visit, Founder’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Attendance on the final day of each school term.
ii) Gold/Silver/Bronze Awards
150 points per gold award.
40 points per silver award (if gold award not achieved).
10 points per bronze award (if silver award not achieved).
(9 merits = bronze award, 3 bronze = silver award, 3 silver = gold award).
iii) Semester report grades for personal profile (abides by College code of conduct, accept responsibility for his/her own learning, works effectively in class)
2 points per ‘commendable’ grade.
1 point per ‘satisfactory’ grade.
Points will be deducted for the following:
Unexplained absences = loss of 5 points per absence.
Unexplained lates = loss of 3 points per.
Uniform detention loss of 2 point per detention.
30 minute detention loss of 3 points per detention.
60 minute detention loss of 5 points per day.
90 minute detention 10 points points per day.
Internal suspension loss of 25 points per day.
External suspension loss of 50 points per day
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Program
The selection criteria to fill the 40 guaranteed places for the Year 10 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award is as follows:
1. The consistent meeting of deadlines whilst completing the Year 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
Deadlines are determined by the College Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, and are set for the three mandatory sections, as well as the Adventurous Journeys. The students receive these deadlines at various compulsory Duke of Edinburgh meetings held throughout the year. As well, after the successful completion of the above stated deadlines then one of the final determinants for progression to Silver will be the complete submission of the Qualifying Exploration (as outlined by the Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying A.J. scaffold) on a first-come first-serve basis.
2. Finally, the completion to a high standard of all sections of the Year 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award as determined by the Duke of Edinburgh Committee.
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Program
The selection criteria to fill the 36 guaranteed places for student wishing to continue in the Year 11 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (with completion by the end of Term 1, Year 12) is based on the same criteria for entry into the Silver Award.
Candidates begin the Silver Award and Gold Award by the beginning of Term 1, of the commencement year for those awards. All Adventurous Journey dates are listed on the College calendar. If a student cannot make any of the two Adventurous Journey, for their Award, then they are to complete the Adventurous Journey with a professional organisation that specialises in Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys. These professional companies will charge parents a fee for their services.