Published on: 29 November 2013

In 2013, a record number of Christ Church boys were recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Fifteen boys, from Years 9 to 12, completed the Silver award with 22 completing the Bronze.

The international scheme, in which young people aged 14 to 25 participate in a number of activities over a set length of time, lets participants create their own program around the components of physical recreation, skill, service and expedition.

School Marshal Ken Allen, who co-ordinates the award at the School, said it was an ideal program for Christ Church boys as many students were already involved in a number of activities, which could be applied.

“Most boys at Christ Church meet the requirements of the award by going about their daily lives as they are already heavily involved in physical recreation, skills and service,” Mr Allen said.

Mr Allen said the internationally recognised award could also be helpful when applying for universities, scholarships or employment. “It shows that you can set goals and reach them through perseverance and effort,” he said.