Duke of Edinburgh

Learning can take place anywhere and any time. MLC School facilitates the wonderful Duke of Edinburgh program to encourage leadership, independence, personal challenge and take students into the great outdoors of Australia.

Mr Glen Mole (02) 8741 3227

When and where?
Expeditions: Various dates and locations throughout the year.

What’s it all about?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a voluntary program of activities for anyone aged between 14–25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time. Participating girls in Year 9 to Year 12 at MLC School are fully supported by MLC School staff in their Duke of Edinburgh Award levels. The scheme is non-competitive, allowing anyone with enterprise and effort to gain an award. MLC School puts forward one of the largest groups of awardees in Sydney schools each year, acknowledging the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award recipients on Speech Night.

This Award Scheme challenges young people through a balanced program of practical, physical and cultural activities. These involve:

  • Service (helping the community)
  • Skills (a hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical Recreation (sport, dance, fitness)
  • Expeditions (on foot, cycle, horseback or water)
  • Residential Project – Gold only (an enterprise with people not known to the participant)

Through this program MLC School students have the opportunity to have a lot of fun with their friends, build new friendships and gain valuable experience through leadership and adventure.

An additional benefit of the Duke of Edinburgh Award is that students are able to meet the requirements for the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component of their International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Contact Mr Glen Mole to find out how you can register to take part.

Outdoor Education Camps

As well as Duke of Edinburgh, MLC School has a comprehensive Outdoor Education Program, offering powerful learning experiences that facilitate personal growth. In Year 3 to Year 7, and again in Year 11, students take part in an annual residential camp where they are introduced to a carefully structured combination of initiative tasks, outdoor skills and adventure activities. They are challenged and extended in order to improve their decision-making skills.

The encouragement of reflection, relationships and resilience at each level is aimed at promoting self-esteem and establishing a special kind of rapport with peers and teachers alike.