Youth development & leadership

Any person can join the The Duke of Edinburgh Award from the ages of 14 to 25, at any time of year. As a non-formal education framework, the Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.

Students progress through the sections at their own pace. The award encourages personal development in four key areas including:

  • Skills;
  • Volunteering;
  • Physical recreation/fitness; and
  • Adventurous Journey

St Peters supports students through all levels of the Award. Some students are able to complete Bronze Adventurous Journeys at the same time as undertaking the Ironbark program in Year 9.

At Silver level, students are able to take up the many opportunities on offer with the support from our Ironbark Outdoor Education Centre. These include horse riding expeditions and canoeing, depending on the interests of our students at the time. 

At Gold level, students are encouraged to pursue activities on offer outside of the College. Links with Adventurous Journey providers, including Blue Peter Australia and PCYC, make this possible.

The Award is a wonderful opportunity for St Peters Springfield students to formalise much of what they are already doing into an internationally recognised award. On any resume, this will show that each participant is a dedicated; well-rounded and compassionate member of the wider community. The skills and connections made through the Award last a life-time.

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