The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised award that invites young people aged 14-25 to realise their ambitions and to change their world. Run in over 130 countries, the Duke of Ed is designed over three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve each level, young people create their own unique program of activities over a set length of time across four Sections:
- Physical Recreation
- Adventurous Journey
Young people challenge themselves by choosing activities that spark their interest in each Section and setting their own goals. The Duke of Ed is about individual choice; young people tailor their Award and develop their career aspirations as they forge skills that go beyond academic success.
Students at Tintern have chosen a range of activities for their skill section of the Award program.
Angus Bicknell is a keen farmer in the making. He spends his holidays and as many weekends as possible on his 2000 acre family sheep and grain property at Miepoll near Shepparton. Angus has chosen fencing as his skill for his Bronze Award. He is learning how to drive the tractor and to use fencing equipment – wire strainers and post rammers. Fence fixing is very important, as strong fences are required to keep the stock in designated paddocks. Currently, Angus is helping to look after 1000 sheep that are lambing. When Angus leaves school he would like to be a farmer like his grandfather and uncle.
It is great to see students engaged in such diverse activities outside school. The Duke of Edinburgh Awards allow students to develop interests that would rarely be found in a normal classroom environment. I congratulate Angus on his project and look forward to see more photos of his beautiful property with secure fences!
by Anne Bortolussi, Co-ordinator Duke of Edinburgh Program