Congratulations Hannah

We congratulate our current year 12 student, Hannah Rogger-Amies with her successful completion of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Whilst completing her IB Diploma, Hannah has demonstrated her balance by completing a minimum of 12 months of Physical Recreation,  Skills and  Service, as well as an Adventurous Journey 4 days and 3 nights and Residential Project 5 days and 4 nights to qualify for the Gold Award.

Hannah has engaged with activities she was already taking part in for CAS, including her action and volunteering to enable her to achieve the award. The Gold Award is the final level of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Hannah has also achieved her Bronze and Silver Awards previously.

In addition to pursuing her Gold Award, Hannah acted as QA student ambassador for the program, introducing the Duke of Edinburgh program to current Year 10 students and helping with fortnightly meetings providing invaluable advice and planning.

Hannah will receive her Gold Award Badge at an official Gold Award presentation ceremony held in Brisbane early in 2017.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia can be found right across Australia, engaging over 35,000 young people and over 100,000 Volunteers annually. The Duke of Ed is an enriching program that invites young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time. Participation is entirely voluntary and is structured so participants can design their own unique program centered around their interests and passions. Participating in their Award program fosters personal and social development. Individuals gain valuable experiences and life skills, grow in confidence and become more aware of their environment and community, transforming them into responsible young adults. They have the chance to discover their potential through the encouragement and the individual programming provided by teacher supervisors. The Award provides a balanced framework to develop the individual’s mind, body and community spirit by engaging them in a range of up to five different challenges.

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Please find below an exert from Hannah’s Adventurous journey journal:

Day 1 Leg 1 – Lake Baroon to the creek

Hannah 1Before setting off we played a brief game to get to know the other members of our group. To do this we played a game where we had to throw something around and name someone to catch it. It was a little helpful, but it’s almost impossible to learn names that quickly for me, so I found that just talking with other members of the group was easier.

To begin the hike, we split into two groups, unintentionally boys and girls. The boys group set off first with one leader at about 9:30. Our group decided to wait for Craig, the last group leader so we were a little delayed in starting our trip, starting at 10:00. One of our aims was to catch up to the boys. We managed to do that at lunch time at the creek area.

The terrain was fairly easy going, with a bit of uphill and a bit of downhill. I quite enjoyed the challenge of catching up to the boys although I was aware that we also needed to set a quick pace for all the members of our group.

Leg 2 – The creek to Kondalilla Falls Picnic areaHannah 4

We set off after a nice lunch break on fairly flat terrain running parallel to the river.

Terrain started fairly flat and easy but after the waterfalls at the base there was a steep uphill which was difficult but rewarding as the end was right afterwards. The rainforest was cool down the bottom but once the path turned into steps I heated up. We took a break halfway through, in which I had a little lie down. It was difficult going up the steps but once we got to the top it felt fantastic.

The view was also beautiful, seeing the waterfalls as we climbed next to them was really quite special and allowed me to see our progress up the steep steps.

After this leg we took the PCYC bus along Flaxton Mill Rd to begin the next leg of our journey.

Leg 3 – Flaxton Mill Rd to Flaxton Walkers Camp

Hannah 6After the hike we took the PCYC bus to another short track. It was then 1.2km to our camp. This walk was quite good, as it wasn’t too steep, however after the full day hiking it was a little taxing.

It was great to finally arrive at the campsite and set up our tents. Our site was comfortable, as there was a toilet and tank water. I set some water to purify and began working on my meal. I enjoyed talking with the other girls (we were separated into boy and girl camps) while I ate. We all went out to talk to the boys and explore the surrounding area once we had eaten. After our group meeting we all played never have I ever, then truth and dare. It was rather entertaining, and helped me to know the other people on my hike much better (as well as learning more names). For truth and dare I got the option to steal “borrow” someone’s trangia the next day or to scare someone.

I didn’t sleep too badly, but as it was so cold I didn’t sleep all too well either.

Alita Blackmur
Year 10 Coordinator