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Year 12 On The Trail to Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Congratulations to seventeen pupils from Year 12 who have successfully completed a three-day assessment expedition as they work toward completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Under the tutelage of DoE Coordinator Mr Brady, supported by Ms Bertuzzi and Ms Megaw, the pupils had previously spent the past four weeks undergoing intensive training activities at lunch breaks and after school, and completed a three-day practice expedition.

Their adventures saw them take in the breathtaking surrounds of Canale Monterano and the Riserva Naturale Regionale, to the west of Lake Bracciano, one hour north of Rome’s outer suburbs.

They were fortunate to enjoy favourable weather conditions and stunning sunsets while developing crucial skills in outdoor living, survival, team work and cooperation. The programme was nonetheless physically demanding, with pupils walking over 30km over the course of expedition.

Before the participants earn their Silver Awards, they must now complete the Volunteering component. They are expected to undertake volunteer work for a period of six months, in initiatives such as fundraising for charities, animal care and conservation.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award was founded in the UK by Prince Philip in 1956. It aims at fostering self-improvement and the development of life skills for young adults, in a supportive and non-competitive environment.   

St George’s currently runs the Bronze Award, usually undertaken by pupils in Year 10, and the Silver Award, and hopes to expand this to offer the Gold Award in the future.