Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School student awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

A student from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School has been selected among 20 Western Australians for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. 

The students will be honoured at the 2017 Gold Award Ceremony later this month. 

Alice Dawson completed her Bronze Award at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar under Volunteer Award Leader Leon Maag.

The event will be held at Government House Ballroom on Tuesday 17th of October, attended by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, established in Western Australian 1962, is an internationally recognised self-development program for young people aged 14-25. 

The Award invites young people to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time.

The program is structured so young people can design their own program centred around their interests and passions.

The Award has three levels of achievement, Bronze, Silver and Gold, with Gold being the hardest to attain. 

Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold level, Participants also complete a Residential Project.

Alice is one of the 20 young Western Australian whose achievements will be celebrated at the Ceremony. 

She said the Award journey has been a wonderful time and she looked forward to applying all of her skills and experiences in the future. 

“I have learnt so much completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and look forward to applying all of my learnt skills,” she said. 

“At the beginning I just hoped to gain something that would acknowledge my commitments and achievements that I have been working towards, but by the end of it, I had grown so much more as a person than I had expected.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award WA Chair Greg Stagbouer said The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provided the opportunity for young Western Australians to learn essential life and employability skills.

“We are very proud of our Gold Awardees. They have all worked extremely hard for this Award and have discovered ‘real world’ knowledge and learnt important life values along the way,” he said.

“The Gold Award Ceremony is a fantastic way for the community to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of WA’s future leaders.”