|Duke of Edinburgh Gold for Two LHC Students - 11 November 2016|
Year 12 students, Amy McQuillan and Michaela Brady, have achieved the Duke of Edinburgh program’s highest level – the Gold Award.
To obtain this prestigious level, both Amy and Michaela have successfully fulfilled the following program requirements:
• A minimum one hour per week of community service/volunteering for an entire 12 months
• A minimum one hour per week of developing a skill for an entire 12 months
• A minimum one hour per week of recreation/fitness activity for an entire 12 months
• Completion of a residential project for five days and four nights. This project requires participants to undertake a shared purposeful activity away from their place of residence in order to broaden their horizons and open their eyes to the world.
• Completion of an adventurous journey (including preparation, training and at least one practice journey) for four days and three nights. The adventurous journey is usually a physically and mentally challenging experience.
Amy dedicated her service time to volunteering at an op shop and pet sitting for local families, developed her skill of reading and committed to a personal fitness regime which included walking to and from school.
For her community service component, Michaela was involved in various service groups at the College, as well as volunteering at the College library. She practised tirelessly to achieve her Grade 7 and 8 AMEB flute exams for her skill, and participated in a beginners’ ballet program for her fitness component.
For their residential projects, both Amy and Michaela spent one week at a property near Boonah rehabilitating a creek site to support the local wildlife. They also undertook two four-day hikes in Girraween National Park as their adventurous journeys.
Both girls said that participating in the program had benefited them a great deal.
“In many ways, the Duke of Edinburgh Award has taught me to build resilience and to recognise that I am more capable than I give myself credit for,” Michaela said.
“I have also made so many new friends and believe that with commitment and perseverance, anything is possible.”
They both agreed that they would recommend the program to others.
“I’ve already told my parents to sign up both my sisters!” Amy said.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is recognised in more than 140 countries and territories around the world and has recently been recognised by a range of employers across Australia as a favourable reference on their resume.