Five Duke of Ed Bronze awards handed out

During morning chapel service on Thursday, May 23rd, a group of Trinity College School students was recognized for achievement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program. Earning Bronze awards were Grade 12 students Ganden Gyaltsan, Eric Kim and Claire Gardiner, Grade 11 student Tianyi (Jack) Zhang and Grade 10 student Michael Yip.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program aims to inspire young people to step outside their comfort zones, learn new skills, serve their communities and find their passion. TCS supports student involvement in the program as it reflects our mission of developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service.

The Bronze award requires students to complete a minimum of 13 weeks each of service, physical recreation and skill development activities, plus an additional 13 weeks devoted specifically to one of these three key areas. Additionally, students must undertake a practice adventurous journey and a qualifying journey. After completing the Bronze award, students can work towards further achievement through the Silver and Gold award levels.

The awards program was founded by HRH The Prince Philip in 1956, with the input of Outward Bound founder Kurt Hahn and Mount Everest climber Lord Hunt, to motivate young people to set and attain personal goals across a range of activities. Since its introduction to Canada in 1963, more than 500,000 young Canadians have participated in the awards program, joining peers from age 14 to 24 in 140 countries around the world.

Congratulations to Ganden, Eric, Claire, Jack and Michael on this achievement.

We would also like to congratulate alumnus Olivia Heid ’18, who recently earned her Gold award. Olivia took part in field hockey and swimming for her physical recreation component, played the clarinet and acted as her skill requirement, worked with children to meet her community service commitment, and undertook a four-day canoe trip through Central Frontenac Park as her adventurous journey. Olivia will receive her certificate from a member of the Royal Family at a later date.

To learn more about the Duke of Ed program at TCS, visit www.tcs.on.ca/dukeofed.