Fifteen Rodney College students have recently earned Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards.
Silver Awards go to: Nadine Tupp, Rosa Campbell, Briar Woolley, Libby Campbell, Briar Lomas, Aimee Stevens, Laura Pride, and Brooke Hammond.
Bronze Awards go to: Amber Parnell, Bridget Pride, Zane Carter, Richard Dunn Darvill, Marine Gayford, Ethan Tischik, and Mia Luond.
A Hillary training weekend was held at Tangihua Outdoor Lodge at the end of May with all the levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – working towards gaining skills in the outdoors to help them prepare for their upcoming tramping expeditions.
Bronze students had a weekend tramp in the Dome Valley on June 14-15 with Gold and Silver students preparing for a three day tramp to Cape Brett later in the term. Gold students will have their final tramp to the South Island for five days at the end of the year.
The students are grateful to teachers Neil Torrie and Lara Callachan, who give up their own time to prepare, organise and take them on adventures.
The Duke of Edinburgh award programme aims to encourage, and motivate young people over the age of 14 through activities that challenge them physically and mentally, and encourage perseverance and teamwork.
HOMEWORK: It’s not all physical. Hillary students do some serious bookwork under the watchful eye of experienced tutors.