Duke of Edinburgh
The internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh program enables our students to contribute to the community and receive acknowledgment for their efforts. HVGS students from Year 9 (aged 14) upwards may participate. The award is a self development program, is non-competitive and encourages people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs and ability. The program is based on four types of activities at three levels:
The three levels are Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each level requiring more commitment.
One of the major projects that many of Duke of Edinburgh candidates involve themselves in is Vietnam Community Service trip (pictured 2009 group departure, Sydney airport) . This involves fund raising to buy equipment for construction of house for a family in the area around Sapa. The group then travels to Vietnam and lives with the tribe while they build the house. Even if a candidate does not go they may support those who travel in many fund raising activities.
James Spearpoint, Georgia Bowd and Maddie Maegher, Class of 2015 and Isaac Horsfield, Class of 2014 were presented their GOLD awards at a special ceremony by the Governor of New South Wales, the retired General David Hurley late November. Early 2016 Brayden Duignan-Teys will receive his award in a similar ceremony.
The following students have been awarded the Bronze award
Cameron Colquhoun, Hannah Berry, Naomi Saywell, Kaylah Redhead, Maddison McNally, Elizabeth Coren, Caitlin Woodfull, Maddi Butler, Helen Wang and Brittney Randell.
These students have gained their awards by involving themselves in a variety of activities both within the school and externally including volunteering, dancing, rowing, rugby refereeing or completed service by working with the recycling bins, raising funds for Vietnam and many other worthwhile activities.
Most of these students will progress to the SILVER level of the award.