Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edingburgh’s Award replaces the ETGAR Program

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

We are very excited to share with you Bialik College’s new Year 8 and 9 Co-curricular Programme – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (replacing the ETGAR programme).

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offers a unique and exciting opportunity for your child to escape their comfort zone and develop their resourcefulness, self-esteem and sense of adventure. The Duke of Ed Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award and is recognised worldwide. Through participation in the Award, young people are empowered with the skills and opportunities to realise their full potential and discover new personal strengths. The Award is recognised and favoured by many renowned global employers and universities.

The Duke of Ed Award can be achieved at three different levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within these levels there are four award sections, each with a set duration depending on the award level. Students of Years 8 and 9 will participate in the program together on Friday afternoon, and will choose electives within each of the four award sections:

  • Physical Recreation (a sport or exercise)
  • Service (unpaid voluntary work)
  • Skill (non-physical ability)
  • Adventurous Journeys (a practice journey and a qualifying journey, both of which are incorporated in our Year level camps)

At the Bronze level, the time commitment for the Physical Recreation, Service and Skill award sections is one hour a week over 3 months, with one section being selected as a major section and extended to 6 months. Students will start the Bronze Award in Year 8 and complete it by Year 9. The 2022 Year 9 students will begin their journey in Term 1 and complete their Bronze Award by the end of Year 9. The College will provide opportunities to fulfil the sections of the award at school, however to successfully complete all requirements, students will need to demonstrate a commitment to completing their goals at home and over the school holidays.

Parents play a vital role by providing support and encouragement as children work towards their goals. Some activities are completed outside of class time, so parental guidance may be required to help them achieve the award.

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