The past few weeks has seen much activity within the Award. This includes four Bronze Qualifying Expeditions to the Royal National Park, with the girls enjoying superb coastal scenery, stunning pristine beaches and, of course each other's delightful companionship, over two days. Congratulations to all those girls for what is a step up in difficulty and commitment, and a test of character.

Many may have seen the media reports of Prince Edward presenting Gold Awards at Sydney Town Hall last week, at what was literally a star-studded event with guest presenters including actor Jack Thomson AM, surfing superstar Layne Beachley AO, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, maths teacher extraordinaire Eddie Woo, and many others. We were proud to see our own Emmanuelle Dunn Lewis and Hiroi Migita receive their awards from INXS celebrity Kirk Pengilly, and also make acquaintance with Dawn Fraser AC. Again, congratulations to those two - and all other Year 12 girls that have completed, or are close to completing, their Award commitments.

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Fortunately, special encounters are not just limited to extravagant chic events, as some girls (Romy Burke, Octavia Cortese, Xanthe Kibble and Emma Jan, pictured below) on the last Bronze Expedition found when meeting a friendly local who was happy to share some time with them.

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Finally, we would like to highlight that the next few months have a number of Silver and Gold Expeditions scheduled, and that, as well as the normal preparations for extended hikes, girls should also be organised with their Permission notes/Medical Forms - please, no later than the Wednesday prior to departure, though the earlier, the better.

Joanne Bower
& Doric Swain
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders



If time flies when having fun, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award girls must be having a great time, as they find themselves already more than half-way through the year’s hiking program. Having completed the last Practice hike in the cold of early June with a group Year 9s, we started up the Qualifying season with a Bronze Expedition on the weekend. Although windy, the clear skies provided dry and mild conditions, and the girls were able to enjoy a spectacular sunset at the secluded North Era beach. We are looking forward to more adventures between now and the year’s end, with hearty meals in the evenings and laughs on the track.

We encourage the girls to prepare very carefully for their hikes – researching the route, checking out the weather forecast, carefully planning meals and collaborating with friends. Often the difference between a fun and safe hike and a disappointing experience is in the thought and care taken prior to departure. Girls should also, by now, have mapped out their service, recreation and skill commitments, so that they have a likely completion date to aim for.

Finally, a reminder that the Cognito page at 
provides an abundance of information to prepare for Expeditions, such as suggested meals, clothing, navigation etc.

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We wish everyone good luck and success for the rest of the year.

Joanne Bower & Doric Swain
Duke of Edinburgh Award Leaders



One year ends, another begins…
It’s been another exciting and successful year of Expeditions, Residential Projects, Skill, Recreation and Service, with the girls busily and (usually) efficiently progressing toward that magical,  sought-after Duke of Edinburgh's badge. We would like to congratulate them all for their dedication, hard work, selflessness and fun approach throughout the year, and look forward to them returning next year, relaxed and revived. We encourage them to continue their activities throughout summer if possible – the surf patrols, shifts at the Vinnies store and tennis tournaments can continue to build their hours.

Please be aware that this year’s Duke of Edinburgh video is available on Clickview, so parents can get a small idea of what the girls see and do on their Expeditions.

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We both wish everyone the best possible Christmas and summer, with maybe even a bit of bushwalking or camping thrown in to keep your mind and soul grounded.

Joanne Bower and Doric Swain
D of E Co-ordinators