Duke of Ed Changemakers

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Program is a globally recognized program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. It encourages youth age 14-24 to make a difference in their communities while exploring their potential, taking on new challenges and achieving success.
Participants complete activities in the areas of Community Service, Skill Development, Physical Recreation, and Adventurous Journey (plus a Gold Project at the Gold level) in order to earn their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
SJR has been offering the program to Senior School students for over 15 years, and our Senior School students enjoyed another successful year of achievement in 2018-2019 with 13 of them completing their Bronze, Silver or Gold levels.
Grade 10 student Kirsty has completed her Bronze and Silver levels and has just started working towards her Gold level. Kirsty says, “During the Duke of Edinburgh Award, I enjoyed the opportunities and experiences gained within the Adventurous Journey. I also love volunteering regularly as it creates a sense of community and I gained friendship and experience through the people at Siloam Mission. As you learn a new skill, you are encouraged to keep persevering. It feels great to know that you’ve learned how to do something you might never have thought you would do. Having the Physical Recreation section really motivates me to keep moving and it feels like you’ve accomplished more than just going to your regular training session.”
The Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the highest level a young person can achieve. It requires a minimum sustained commitment of 12-18 months and shows independence, perseverance, good habits and sustained effort. This year three Grade 12 students achieved their gold awards: Jason, Madison and Nicole. They will be presented with their Gold Awards by the Governor General or a member of the Royal Family.
Nicole says, “The Duke of Ed program was an amazing opportunity to meet new people and try new experiences. A huge highlight for me were the Adventurous Journey experiences, which developed my love for the outdoors and helped me appreciate the world we live in. As I am involved in various extracurricular activities, the Duke of Ed program was a great way to record my progress and track the hours I spent. This program has helped me develop as a person by teaching me to give back to my community and using the skills I have learned to help inspire others.”
Many congratulations to our students on achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, especially Jason, Madison and Nicole!
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.