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Winmalee High School

Winmalee High School

A positive education and positive behaviour for learning school

Telephone02 4754 2822

Emailwinmalee-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Duke of edinburgh program

Group of male school students standing and crouching around a makeshift campfire

The Duke of Edinburgh Award at Winmalee High School is a program in demand. The award is at the forefront of enrichment programs designed to bring out the best in young people who want to challenge themselves. A significant proportion of the school population participates in the program.

 

Participants challenge themselves in a range of activities including skill development, adventurous journeys, community service and physical recreation.

 

Winmalee High School typically has an annual intake of interested students at the beginning of Year 9 as the entry age to the program is 14 years.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Awards are graded as Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Students start at the Bronze level where they are required to demonstrate a commitment of 15 hours during Sport time where they learn, practice and refine essential skills related to the program. As they progress through the program they commit for longer periods of time and undertake more challenging activities, including practice expeditions usually overnight, so as to gain the maximum benefits from practice. Even though our main intake is in Year 9 students may join the program at any point beyond 14 years of age.

Participants get to experience a range of adventurous journeys as they progress through Bronze, Silver and Gold level challenges. As of June 2018, we have undertaken 2 and 3 day walks in the Blue Mountains and a 3-day kayak trip on Tallowa Dam in the Shoalhaven Valley. In the second half of the year, we expect to visit the Budawang Range in the Morton National Park, kayak on Myall Lakes and hike for 4 days in the Snowy Mountains. Program coordinators are investigating a Gold level trip to Tasmania for 2019, walking the Overland Track.

For further information please contact David MacCormick (WHS Program co-ordinator) or visit the official Duke of Edinburgh website.