Northpine Christian College is proud to have two of our participants officially presented with The Gold Award for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in 2019. The Gold Award Ceremony took place at City Hall on Friday, 19 July 2019. The awards were presented by The Duke’s representative, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland. The MC for the ceremony was Pippa Sheehan, a journalist for Ten Eyewitness News First at Five, and a past Gold Awardee.
Congratulations to our Gold Awardees—Kiah Vescovi, who completed her award in 2018 while in Year 12 and Michaela Smith, a graduate from Northpine in 2014 who completed her award this year.
“There are many highlights and times that I will never forget whilst completing the Dukes Award. I have learned how to appreciate nature, how to express myself, how to be more confident and how to be independent. My biggest challenge was definitely walking in pouring rain, whilst leeches were trying to crawl all over my feet, but I am glad that I can look back and laugh now. I recommend this program to all young people who want to challenge themselves, even if they just complete the Bronze, it is such a great achievement.” – Kiah Vescovi
“Duke of Ed was honestly one of the most amazing opportunities that Northpine Christian College blessed me with. I made long-lasting friendships that gave me warm hearty laughs, and some great memories. I learnt how to rely on others when I forgot my gear, as well as provide others with food when I brought too much. I also had the most genuine guides, teachers and mentors support me on every camp. For those wanting to do D of E, just do it! Make new mates, go exploring and have some fun.” – Michaela Smith
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is recognised in 144 countries worldwide and is highly regarded by employers and the community. It is a Youth Excellence Award that develops youth holistically in the areas of Physical, Skills, Community Service and Adventurous Journey. Northpine Christian College is proud to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The award is open to youth between the ages of 14 to 25 in the levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The Gold Level of the Award requires dedicated commitment for at least 12 months. The Gold journey of our two Gold Awardees is outlined below. All Northpine Christian College Gold Award awardees have their name engraved onto a special honour board which hangs in the front office at reception.
Voluntary Service: Church youth leader
Adventurous Journey: Bushwalking-Hinchinbrook Island
Skills: Drawing, sketching
Physical Recreation: Surfing
Gold Residential Project: Youth camp leader-Toowoomba
Voluntary Service: Pathfinders
Adventurous Journey: Bushwalking-K’gari National Park, Fraser Island
Physical Recreation: Cycling
Gold Residential Project: South Queensland Big Camp junior volunteer-Dakabin