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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Service & Citizenship

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s International Award is a scheme that was set-up in England by Kurt Hahn and Prince Phillip in 1956. Hahn believe that young men at the time were lacking in physical fitness, initiative and enterprise, care and skill and a willingness and ability to be of service. It has taken many different forms throughout its time including, Gordonstoun Award, The Moray Badge, The County Badge, The Outward Bound Award and finally, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. This award then recognised females two years later and since has had millions of recipients some 70 years later.

The Award recognises those people who decide that they are willing to go above and beyond to better themselves and the community they live in. It is recognised throughout the world showing commitment and resilience with an attitude of hard work and leadership.

Scotch and the Award

The Award was originally running at Scotch way back in the 1960’s and 70’s, however went into hiatus until 2000 when it began again in earnest. It has been running constantly since then and at present we currently have over 70 young men participating. This number is increasing with each term.  Students at Scotch are able to use the many co-curricular opportunities available to them to help with their Award. These include, but are not limited to, musical lessons, sporting commitments, Outdoor Education programmes, International tours, Local and International Community Service and peer tutoring. Through these opportunities, these boys have learnt or improved on skills, persevered at improving their fitness, worked in the local community to improve an aspect of someone’s life and challenged themselves with an adventurous journey. This journey has helped them to achieve aspects of leadership, experience new places and faces and incredible opportunities and for some people, challenge their fears.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a scheme that benefits all young men for their future whether it is gaining entry to a university or that job of a lifetime. It is worth all boys having a crack at. Congratulations to all those boys who have achieved an Award and to those in the process, keep it up.

Current Information

  • The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Kokoda Trek

    In July 2018, seven Scotch College students took part in tackling the Kokoda Track.

    The challenge formed part of their ‘adventurous journey’ component of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

    The Scotch students, along with their volunteer supervisors, joined students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School on the trek, and were one of only six Award groups from around Australia to be funded to take on the journey to learn more about Australian and Kokoda history during World War II.

    Each day involved seven to 10 hours hiking with 20kg packs, camping, school visits and spending time with locals, with the trip ending on a visit to Port Moresby and the Bomana War Cemetery, where 3000 servicemen are buried.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award PLC and Scotch College Adventurous Journey

    12 – 18 April 2019

    In 2018 Scotch College and PLC introduced a new opportunity for our Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants. The tour is to the Abrolhos Islands and is scheduled to run in the first week of the April school holidays to minimise the impact on other school commitments. This expedition will be a unique experience for students and gives them the opportunity to visit an area only a privileged few ever get to see.

    This is the second time that the Colleges have offered this particular tour, however, it has been running in other capacities for many years. Safety has always been the number one priority and the operators are of the highest caliber and work with many school groups. On board the training vessel there will be a skipper, two dive instructors, a dive master, plus Scotch and PLC staff members.

    This tour is different than previous tours because it has been individually designed to support the requirements for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The two main sections the journey will focus on are the Skills and Adventurous Journey.

    For further information please contact Mr David Kyle on david.kyle@scotch.wa.edu.au.

  • Awards

    Each level of the Award has four mandatory Sections, with an additional Section, Residential Project, for Gold only. Participants set personal goals for each Section and work towards achieving these goals (substantially in own time) by the end of their Award journey.

    Click on the following links for further information on:

    General Information Presentation_Students
    Doing an Award

    Please refer to The Award Handbook for further information.


  • Online Record Book (ORB)

    You can access the Online Record Book through The Duke of Edinburgh’s website or download to your phone using the links below: