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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 has become a significant program to develop the skills of our students. Currently we have one of the largest programs on offer in NSW.

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 who meet the selection criteria at the end of Year 8 will be offered a place in the Bronze Programm which commences in Year 9. Provided that these students meet further selection criteria at the end of the Bronze Program then they will have the opportunity to continue to the Silver Program in Year 10 and same with the Gold in Year 11. 

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. 1. The process is explained to all Year 8 students during the first two weeks of Year 8.
  2. 2. The selection criteria is applied to students for points earned up to and including Friday week 7, term 4 and students are ranked according to the points they have accumulated in descending order.
  3. 3. 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:

i) Attendance

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 students Attitudes:
Semester report grades for Students Attitudes.
  1.  ‘Is motivated and engaged to learn’
  2.  ‘Persists with challenging tasks’

2 points per ‘Always’ grade.
1 point per ‘Usually’ grade.' 

Points will be deducted for the following:

i) Attendance

Unexplained absences = loss of 5 points per absence.

Unexplained lates = loss of 3 points per.

ii) Detentions

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. 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. For example, all and mandatory activities sections are to be completed by the last day in October. 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) 
  1. 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 20 guaranteed places for students 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 Bronze,  Silver 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.

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St Patrick’s College is a dynamic faith and learning community that serves to educate children of families in the Sutherland Shire. The College has an enrolment just over 1200 and caters for boys and girls in Years 7-12.

Address: 551 President Avenue, Sutherland

Phone: (02) 9542 9000


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