Duke of Edinburgh’s Award News

Congratulations to our alumni students, Greg Biris, Savina Biris, Edan Croucher, Gerald Selvaraj, Olivia So, Tyron Valenti and Flynn Whittaker, who completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award in 2023. The Gold Award Ceremony was held at the Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday 21 March. Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO KC, Governor of New South Wales, presented the awards and is pictured above presenting the award to Olivia So.

The Duke of Edinburgh program provides many benefits to students. Beyond academic achievements, it helps to develop important life skills such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. 

In February, a group of 14 Year 11 and Year 12 students (and one former student) took part in their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice trip for Year 11, and qualifying journey for Year 12. 

Heavy rainfall called for a late change of venue from the Bungonia State Park to Kangaroo Valley. The adventure also changed from a hike to a ‘Pack and Paddle’, a first for the SGCS Duke of Edinburgh program, involving two days of hiking followed by two days of canoeing on the Kangaroo River. The students rose to the challenge and completed their trip with resilience and positivity.

In March, a group of 32 Year 10 students took part in their practice Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award hike in Morton National Park.  In contrast to the Gold Award group, the weather in the lead-up had been more favourable. This meant they could undertake the planned walking route, which saw them cover just short of 30km across the three days under clear blue skies. The terrain was quite hilly, with some excellent views across the Kangaroo Valley and provided a welcome challenge for the participants. The final day finished at Fitzroy Falls, which did not disappoint in terms of its natural beauty.

We applaud all of our students, and teachers, for their participation in the Duke of Edinburgh program.