The Award was first introduced in the UK back in 1956 by Prince Phillip – with the aim to motivate young people over the age of 14 years old to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary and self-development activities. In 1963 the Duke of Edinburgh acknowledged the establishment of the Award in New Zealand.
Today the award is established in 140 countries worldwide and there are 530 licensed Award centres in NZ, and Rutherford College is one of these. Our Tohea – striving for personal excellence is at the heart of the College’s ethos. The Duke of Edinburgh Award has the same ethos and encourages young people to think about the environment, others, volunteer and gain life-changing experiences ‘outside of the classroom’.
We are going to start offering the Bronze Award from the start of 2021. If you are interested in the program, please see Mr Rossin or email: [email protected]