Duke of Ed participants reach for gold

Trinity College School students are setting personal goals and achieving them through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program. In morning chapel service on Tuesday, November 27th, Grade 12 student Joseph White was presented with the program’s top level, the Gold award. As well, five students were recognized for achieving their Bronze level awards: Grade 12 students Eric Kim, Jaya Sharma and Rachel Cheung, and Grade 11 students Jack Zhang and Chloe Chiang.

The School was also pleased to learn that several students who graduated in recent years have completed award qualifications. Sydney Bodenstab ’18 and Max Aquart ’16 recently earned their Silver award and Cheryl Li ’17 finished her Gold award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program was founded in 1956 by HRH The Prince Philip, and introduced in Canada in 1963. Since then, millions of young Canadians have been encouraged to establish and attain goals in the program’s key areas: skill development, physical recreation, community service and adventurous expeditions. The aim is to help students to learn independence, grow in confidence, explore the world around them and display commitment to a well-rounded life. Each award level requires a deeper level of involvement in the different areas, with the Gold award requiring students to also undertake a residential project.

For example, to earn his Gold award, Joseph rowed for his physical recreation requirement, played the acoustic guitar as his skill, volunteered at a hospital for his service hours, and did dog-sledding for his practice and qualifying expeditions. To meet his residential project requirement, he worked as a counsellor in training at a summer camp.

To achieve her Gold award, Cheryl played badminton for her physical recreation requirement, participated in bell ringing as her skill, hiked in Costa Rica as her qualifying expedition, participated in the ME to WE Ecuador trip as her residential project, and used a variety of community service activities including Week Without Walls and the Terry Fox Run as her service component.

TCS supports student involvement in the Duke of Ed program, including through the offering of adventurous journey options. The Grade 10 overnight trip earlier this year was a Bronze qualifying expedition, and the Ecuador ME to WE trip qualifies as a Gold level residential project. The February 2019 Capture Canada dog-sledding trip meets the requirements of a Bronze or Silver practice or qualifying expedition, or a Gold level practice expedition.

Learn more about the program at www.tcs.on.ca/dukeofed. Students who have any questions about the program or who feel they have fulfilled the requirements for an award, should contact Mrs. Jen Powles (jpowles@tcs.on.ca).