The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is offered to students in Years 9–12 at Chatswood High School. To commence the Award you must be in year 9 and at the age of 13 years and 9 months of age.

Students in year 9 complete the Bronze Award, Year 10 students complete Silver and Year 11 and 12 students work through Gold over a 2-year period.

Information sessions about the Award are held in March with registration and paperwork to be finalised by early April each year. Enquiries can be directed to the CHS Award Leader, Vicki Busse - vicki.busse@det.nsw.edu.au

The Duke of Ed is a self-development program available to all young people. The Award is non-competitive and encourages young people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs and aspirations. The Award is very prestigious and is highly regarded by many employers and tertiary education institutions. Each young person who takes part in the Award learns a skill, improves their physical wellbeing, volunteers in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. All participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, and Assessors.

The key elements of the program are:

•open to all between the ages of 14 and 25

•three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold - each progressively more challenging

•four sections - physical recreation, skill, service, adventurous journey and residential project (Gold level only)

•achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

For information regarding the Award structure and requirements at Chatswood High School refer to the Duke of Edinburgh information and registration booklet

For other Parent/Guardian information related to the Duke of Ed in NSW refer to: Duke of Edinburgh for parents

Adventurous Journey/Hike Dates 2017:

Bronze Practice Hike Somerset 5-7 May

Silver All-In-One Hike Somerset 17-22 August

Bronze Qualifying Hike Somerset 4-5 November