Outdoor Education

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a program of self-development, adventure and fun. It is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years old.

The Award operates in 146 countries worldwide and Meriden is an Award Unit registered in New South Wales.

There are three levels to the Award: Bronze for people 14 years and over; Silver for 15 years and over; and Gold for those 16 years and over. Students can commence the program in Year 9 and continue at their own pace to complete the different levels.

There are four Sections that a candidate must complete in order to attain an award. These are Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys. There is also a fifth Section, the Residential Project, required at the Gold level.

The attainment of an Award demonstrates self-discipline, enterprise and motivation.

Many girls at Meriden choose to be part of Duke of Ed and find it to be challenging, exciting and very worthwhile.

You can find additional information about Duke of Ed and employability here and more information about Duke of Ed volunteering (ie, service) and education/employment is available here.