The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is operational at Henry Kendall High School and students in Yeas 9 and 10 (aged 14 and 15) may join the program. The award is a youth development program for all young people. The award is non-competitive and encourages young people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs. There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for an award:
Recreation and Expedition.
These provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop skills, initiative and esteem which will help them become more confident members of the community. The scheme is highly regarded by many employees.
The scheme has 3 award levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Year 9 and Year 10 students may start at Bronze level. To obtain the Bronze award, students must complete the following sections:
- Community Service: 15 hours of voluntary community service spread over 3 months or complete an appropriate course of specialised training such as a first aid course.
- Skills: Over a 3 month period, a cultural or social activity must be pursued leading to a deeper knowledge of the subject and the attainment of a reasonable degree of skill. Eg. Dance, playing a musical instrument.
- Physical Recreation: Participation in one physical activity for a minimum of 20 hours over at least 3 months resulting in some improvement in that activity.
- Expedition: Complete training, a practice expedition and then an expedition with overnight camping.