The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DEA) has been running in NSW since 1962. There are over 12 000 Participants commencing their DEA each year, who are working towards achieving their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Approximately 450 schools, community groups and youth organisations are committed to running the Award in NSW with the help of around 25 000 adult volunteers.
DEA includes independent activities in four areas:
- Volunteering eg first aid, bush fire brigade, charity fund raising.
- Skill eg photography, public speaking, or learning a musical instrument
- Physical recreation – all team and individual sports or a personal fitness program
- Expedition – hiking, canoe and cycling are offered by Brigidine at gold and silver level.
There are three levels of involvement:
Bronze for those 14 years and over
Silver for those 15 years and over
Gold for those 16 years and over
Each participant organises her activities to suit her own interests and time availability. This program is well supported at Brigidine by keen staff and has many girls participating across Year groups.