Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Scheme has quickly been established as a fundamental element of student life at Ormiston Senior College.

The scheme is a comprehensive, co-curricular programme that provides opportunities for students to develop skills in leadership, self-reliance and responsibility along with a sense of place in the wider world. Students take up a new skill, such as learning a musical instrument, join a sports team or dance group, and give back to the community through our service programme. Students also undertake an adventurous journey.

The Bronze and Silver Awards challenge participants in four areas of life:


Giving help in the local community


Any non-physical hobby, skill or interest


Sport, dance and fitness


Training for, practising and completing a journey on foot, horseback, boat or cycle.

Further information can be found on the website: www.dofehillary.org.nz

Award Leader's Certificate

In conjunction with CareerForce and the national office of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Scheme Ormiston Senior College is in the unique position of being able to offer an industry recognised certificate in youth work. Students undertaking the Award Leader's Certificate have the opportunity to achieve the National Certificate in Youth Work (Youth Leadership) Level 3.

Students enrolled in the Award Leader's Certificate are expected to complete the practical work-placement elements of the Duke of Edinburgh training for Bronze and Silver award level candidates. The Award Leader's Certificate is designed to increase the skills level and capacity of all volunteer leaders nationally.

Students considering this leadership extension programme will need to have succeeded in fulfilling the requirements of (at least) the Adventurous Journey and the Service sections of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. It is preferred that students have achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.

Hit enter to search