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 believed that young men at the time were lacking in physicalfitness, 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 The Gordonstoun Award, The Moray Badge, The County Badge, The Outward Bound Award and finally, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The award recognised females two years later and has inspired millions of recipients over more than 65 years.
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 as a testament to 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, it sat in hiatus until 2000 when it began again in earnest. It has been running constantly since then and 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, 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, 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 go. Congratulations to all those boys who have achieved an Award and to those in the process, keep it up.
Senior School Meetings
All boys are invited to attend the Award meetings, held every Monday at lunchtime in the Design and Technology Open Space.
Each level of the Award has four mandatory sections, with an additional section, the Residential Project, for Gold participants only. Participants set personal goals for each section and work towards achieving these goals (substantially in their own time) by the end of their Award journey.
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Online Record Book
You can access the Online Record Book through The Duke of Edinburgh’s website or download to your phone using the links below: