Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a challenging, practical programme offered all over the world to young people aged 14-25 years. Participation in and attainment of the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards can complement both academic and non-academic school activities. The central aim of the Scheme, which is recognised internationally, is to encourage young people to use their leisure time in a meaningful and worthwhile manner.

To gain an award, a young person must undertake an activity in all of the following areas for each award: Community Service, Skills/Interest/Hobby, Physical Recreation, Expeditions, and a Residential Project (Gold award only). At Westminster, students are given the opportunity to travel overseas to Nepal, Tasmania and New Zealand to take part in adventurous activities including bushwalking, whitewater rafting, climbing and kayaking.

Westminster School has been offering access to the Duke of Edinburgh's program since 1983, and participation in the scheme has now grown to a point where we have the largest program in Australia, with over 350 current students involved. Participation in our co-curricular program provides ample opportunities to fulfil many of the requirements for the award.

Coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program at Westminster School is Mr Gordon Begg​ (Head of Outdoor Education).