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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Date: August 31, 2015

Persistence and determination have paid off for five students from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School’s Traralgon campus who have recently been awarded the Bronze award for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The DoEIA is a youth development program designed for people aged between 14 and 25 to establish long term personal development in the areas of leadership, self-esteem, resilience, employability and community connectedness.

Participants create their own unique program of activities that interest them which must be completed within a set timeframe in the areas of service, skill, physical recreation and adventurous journey.

Year 10 students Darcy Barnes, Justin Barnes, Laura Campbell, Alexis Mentzing and Emma Moon completed the adventurous journey aspect of the award last year on the Year 9 outdoor education camp where they were required to display leadership skills, help navigate and show a basic knowledge of first aid.

Darcy Barnes played football for six months for his physical recreation component, had drum lessons for his skill development and coached tennis for his community service.

Justin Barnes played football for six months for his physical recreation, participated in tennis lessons for his skill development and coached tennis for his community service.

Laura Campbell volunteered at the Southern Ash Wildlife centre for six months to fulfil the community service criteria, worked out at the gym ‘Curves’ for physical recreation and had clarinet lessons for her skill development.

Alexis Mentzing volunteered at her local soccer club for the community service component, participated in flute lessons for skill development and swimming training for physical recreation.

Emma Moon committed herself to six months of art classes to satisfy the skill development criteria, worked with a personal trainer for physical recreation and volunteered at the Traralgon Library for community service.

The Duke of Edinburgh is an International award and over 700,000 people around Australia have participated in this program since it started in Australia in 1962.