The Duke of Edinburgh challenges boys from Year 9 onward

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged fourteen to twenty-five to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.​ At St Aloysius' College the Award is offered as a three level program:

Level 1: Bronze is completed in Year 9 – a six month program. (Age fourteen years)
Level 2: Silver is completed in Year 10 – a six month program. (Age fifteen years)
Level 3: Gold is completed in Year 11 – a twelve month program. (Age sixteen years)

How is an Award Achieved?

To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. All participants are supported by a network of adult award leaders, assessors, supervisors, and mentors.

The key elements of the program are:

  • Three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging.
  • Four Sections: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey plus Residential Project (Gold Level only).
  • Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence.

What are the positive impacts of the Award on a young person?

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, participants:

  • Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best;
  • Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices;
  • Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community;
  • Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement;
  • Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success;
  • Learn important life skills; and
  • Increase their career opportunities (Gold Award participants).