South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) points are easier to earn with a program students can design themselves.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) International Award allows young people aged 14 to 25 to set themselves a series of challenges to achieve in the areas of Skill, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys.

There is something for everyone. From producing digital media, learning how to cook, playing a sport or setting out on an adventure, the award encourages participants to set personally challenging goals that will demonstrate commitment, effort and improvement.

Wiltja Secondary College teacher, Josh Horseling says it has been rewarding to see students participate in activities that they may not have had the opportunity to do before.

‘Students receive valuable SACE points that assist them to pass their SACE, but for the award to work most effectively, they need access to the internet to navigate their award,’ Josh says

‘If students don’t have regular access, it limits the impact of the award.

‘Completing a level of the award (Bronze, Silver & Gold) will get them SACE points.

‘All students need to do is regularly participate in activities of Skill, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys to complete a level,’ says Josh.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Development and Volunteer Coordinator, Jemma McQuinn says students who complete their Bronze can apply for 10 Stage 1 points, Silver the same and Gold, 20 Stage 2 points.

More information about participating in the awards or running the program can be accessed by visiting the Duke of Ed website.

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