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Dukes News

Winter 2016

Hello winter! Anyone else feeling the 'Brrrrr'? Beat the blues with the Award! We've got stuck into it here at Duke of Ed WA to bring you the following:

The countdown is now on to be included in this year's Gold Award Ceremony. Final reports must be received by Friday 26th August!

Stuck for activity ideas? Check out our New Partners and Opportunities section! And don't miss some final notifications and reminders.

As always, we are only a phone call or email away if you have any questions or if we can support in any way. We look forward to working with you throughout the rest of the year!

A warm welcome to...

Our new Award Units in WA:

  • Bush Rangers - Albany Secondary Education Support Centre
  • Eastern Goldfields Education Support Centre
  • The Federation of WA PCYC
    • Bunbury PCYC
    • Exmouth PCYC
    • Kalgoorlie PCYC
    • Kensington PCYC
    • Serpentine PCYC
    • Subiaco PCYC
  • Kalamunda Secondary Education Support
  • Katanning Senior High School
  • Leading Youth Forward
  • Rocky Bay

New Award Leaders at existing Units:

  • Jamie Adamson (Bush Rangers - Armadale Education Support Centre)
  • Luke Marinoni (Bush Rangers - Newton Moore Senior High School)
  • Jessica Crute (Muscular Dystrophy WA)
  • Gloria Cheruiyot (Murdoch University Duke of Edinburgh's Club)
  • Sophie McDowell (Perth Legacy)
  • Andrea Wheeler (Willetton Senior High School)
Want to see who else is offering the Award in WA? Here's a full list of all WA Award Units and Award Leaders.

Award at 60 Films Launch

Over the past 60 years, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has transformed the lives of millions of young people in over 140 countries and territories worldwide.

This year to celebrate the exciting milestone, the International Award Foundation has created 60 films of 60 seconds which tell the incredible stories of Award Participants and Leaders from around the world. You can view the full campaign here.

One of our Award Leaders from WA, LT(AAC) Ashleigh O'Connor from 502 ACU Karrakatta (Army Cadets), and six Participants from elsewhere in Australia feature in the videos sharing the positive impact the Award has on their lives.

Check out the videos here!

Youth Award Leader Forums

We held our FIRST EVER YAL Forum in WA on Saturday, 11th June! 16 energetic young people attended, all currently registered for the Award and eager to see more participation and inspire others at their Award Units across Perth metro.

Huge thanks to everyone that participated and to the Department of Sport and Recreation for hosting this special workshop in Leederville. 

2 further YAL Forums will be held in 2016, in Bunbury and Mt Clarmont (see below for more details).

Please encourage potential YALs at your organisation to register now to avoid disappointment! Attendance is FREE!

What is a Youth Award Leader?

Youth Award Leaders (YALs) are motivated and passionate role models that help drive the Duke of Ed Award at their organisation. Their commitment can be counted towards their Service or Skills Sections!

What’s involved in each Forum:

  • High quality leadership training with other Participants to workshop ideas, build skills and increase your knowledge.
  • Grow your ability to communicate and problem solve.
  • Learn how to influence and inspire others to make a positive change to their lives.
  • The opportunity to make friends and share ideas.
  • Learn how to plan, organise and run events.
  • The chance to be featured of the Duke of Ed WA website, have your story published, contribute to social media.
  • Develop employability skills and opportunities for your future – being a Young Award Leader is a fantastic addition to your resume!


Forum #2

Sat 13th August, 2pm – 5pm | Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School

Forum #3

Sat 29th October, 2pm – 5pm | Royal Lifesaving Society WA, Mt Claremont

Register Now!

Dukes Week!

Off the back of its success in Victoria, WA will be running its very own "Dukes Week" campaign later this year!

From 12th-18th September, Dukes Week will see a range of fundraising activities take place across WA, with Award Participants raising funds to help disadvantaged young people take part in the Award experience.

Download a flyer to display!

If you have YALs and other Award Participants eager to run a Dukes Week event and count it towards their Service, they can download an information pack here and start getting those creative juices flowing!

Read more

Online Payment Gateway (OPG)

Over the last few months, the Online Payment Gateway (OPG) in the Online Record Book has been piloted. Thank you to those that have been a part of this.

We would now like to invite Award Units in WA to opt in for online payments, which is now available.

What is it?

The OPG provides the option for:
  • Parents of Participants under 18 years of age to pay online via an email link.
  • Participants over the age of 18 to be presented with the online payment page during the registration process.

While the online payment facility is only available to Award Units that opt in, the changes that were necessary to the Participant registration process and Award Leader functions affect all users.

We recommend you read the documents below before opting in.

You should be able to find the answers to any questions you may have regarding the OPG and new registration process in the following:
Yes! Please include my Award Unit in the OPG
If you have any questions regarding the OPG please contact us at info@dukeofedwa.org.au or contact the ORB Helpdesk on 1300 438 537 or orb@dukeofed.com.au

2016 Gold Award Ceremony

This year's Gold Award Ceremony, hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, and WA Patron, will take place on Thursday 20th October 2016 at Government House.

We would love to see a large number of Gold Award Recipients being recognised for their achievements and encourage all of our Gold Award Participants to finish in time to be included.  

The date for final Gold submissions to reach the WA Office to be included in this year's ceremony is Friday 26th August 2016.

If you have Gold Participants nearing completion, please encourage them to finalise their logs and final reports in a timely manner before the deadline.

The Gold Award checklist can be downloaded here. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any queries or to discuss how we can support your Participants in completing all the requirements.

New Partnerships
We're excited to announce our new partnership with the amazing folk at Teach Learn Grow (TLG)!

TLG's Rural Program sends 500 volunteer students annually to 18 schools across WA to provide one-on-one tuition to young people living in rural and remote areas, helping to address the education gap in Australia.

This fantastic initiative counts as a
Residential Project for the Gold Award.

Their eMentor program, providing online interactive mentoring to rural students for 7 weeks, is also a rewarding way to complete some of the
Service/Skills opportunity

Become a Youth Connector - last few places available for 15th June!

Our friends at Act-Belong-Commit are holding a FREE & FUN workshop open to young people aged between 16 and 25!

Youth Connectors is based on the Act-Belong-Commit principles for good mental health, and aims to empower young people to help their peers get involved in mentally healthy activities. 

The idea is that young people who become Connectors will be a local source of information on how to get involved in activities known to boost mental health, such as sports, arts and volunteering.

Please forward to any Award Participants who are passionate about

  • getting involved in the community
  • helping others
  • learning more about keeping mentally healthy
Get them to come along and they can use it towards their Skills or Service Section!

Wednesday 15 June
Youth Affairs Council of WA,
196 Oxford St, Leederville

Please register your interest with Darci, 9266 9791 or darci.miller@curtin.edu.au

Adventurous Journey opportunities

Get to know more of WA with the Bibb Track! 
Get on board with these treks, organised by the Bibb Track, and use them towards your Adventurous Journey Section!

Teen Trek 11th-13th July 2016 (applicable to Bronze level, practice and qualifying journeys combined, or one of the journeys for Silver)

Only a few places left so get in quickly!

Bibbulmun Trek For Beginners 13th-14th Aug 2016 (applicable to Bronze level practice OR qualifying journey)

Balingup Explorer 2nd-4th Sept 2016 (applicable to Bronze level practice OR qualifying journey)


Are you looking for something exciting to do for your Adventurous Journey or Residential Project?

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation run award-winning Youth Explorer Voyages, as well as Uni and Ultimate Challenges, allowing young people to experience a unique, challenging and inspirational ocean adventure for 7 days, 6 nights aboard the fantastic STS Leeuwin II.

Fares are $2100 and there are scholarships available. Visit their website for more details or call their friendly staff on (08) 9430 4105.

Download the Voyage Program
More Award opportunities

Amana Living | Join the Tune into Life music therapy team to make an impact to the lives of people suffering with dementia
Bliss-co | Cockburn Mobile Youth Services offer FREE sports and arts activities for under 17s during term time
Kidzucate Inc. | Help with fundraising events and research to promote anti-bullying programs
The Smith Family | Become a volunteer tutor for a Learning Club near you (over 18s preferred)
Volunteer Task Force | A community of volunteers seeking to support independence and enhance the wellbeing of others through gardening, home visits, shopping, outings and lots more!
YVolunteer | Tons of volunteer positions for young people - find the one that's right for you!

Contact us for further info on any of the above!

Items of interest...

Diamond Challenge
2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the UK by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Award in Australia is proud to support the international celebrations through the UK DofE’s Diamond Anniversary and is encouraging all Australians to participate in the Diamond Challenge. As this is an international milestone, Australian fundraising generated will be directed to supporting the development of the Award in the Solomon Islands.

Use it towards your Service!

Federal funding available
Work with disadvantaged or disabled youth? We have funding available to support with their Duke of Ed registration and activity costs! 

National Award Authority (NAA): 
Please see the Funding Assistance page on the National website for further info and to apply online (please let us know your intention to apply as the online form will go directly to NAA). 

WA State Award Operating Authority:
Please refer to the Funding Guidelines and apply using the WA Application Form.

Questions? Feel free to contact us for advice or more information!
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App issues now fixed
We apologise for the recent issues that have occurred with the Participant Activity Log App.

We can now confirm that these have been fixed and the app is functioning correctly.

N.B. Please note, Participants should select the menu button and tap "synchronise" in order for their entered logs to be updated on the main web version of their ORB and vice versa.
Award Leader Level 2 Training
To help you administer the Award and work with the Online Record Book

Missed the recent Award Leader training day?

Fear not; there is another around the corner!

Thur 4th Aug, 9.00am - 3.00pm | Hale School
WACE units
The Award is an endorsed program and Year 10, 11 and 12 students can count it towards the WA Certificate of Education (WACE). 

A maximum of 4 units from endorsed programs can be counted towards the WACE.
Bronze = 1 unit
Silver = 2 units
Gold = 4 units

In addition, their Award:
  1. Will be listed on their Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement
  2. May contribute towards the breadth-and-depth requirement and C grade requirement of the WACE
Gold Award Approvals
Gold Award proposals and completed Gold Awards will now be approved by the Executive Officer in consultation with the Development & Relationship Manager, further to the Gold Award Panel having been disbanded. 

Completed Gold Awards will then be reviewed by the Chairperson for endorsement and recording at the next Award Board Meeting.
Adventurous Journey recording
As goal-setting and self-reflection are integral to the Award, journey objectives and observations should both be recorded on a Participant's ORB for their practice and qualifying journeys.

Please ensure that Participants have recorded these on their ORB before their Awards are signed off. 
The Award Handbook
The Award Handbook is available on NAA's website using the button below.

N.B. You will need to enter the password Duke1962 to access the document.

Get your hands on a copy to ensure you have a ready reference tool for all things Duke of Ed!

Award Handbook
Our Partners
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