Students celebrate their gold success
Four past students of Taupo-nuia-Tia College have received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Gold Award.
Gus Murray, Phoebe Slee, Sarah Chilvers and Hetal Patel all received their awards in Wellington at Governor House on August 12.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award programme is part of a worldwide network that provides young people with a balanced, non-competitive programme allowing each individual to use their leisure time constructively.
The aim is to have people regardless of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic background, participating in the programme to build skills, identity and selfesteem.
Past student Sarah Chilvers said the Duke of Edinburgh award was an amazing opportunity to challenge herself and try new things she might not otherwise have done.
The programme provides framework for personal discovery and growth through service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journeys.
Gus Murray said ‘‘I was part of numerous service jobs ranging from helping out at school events, working at the SPCA, volunteering for Iron Man and the Cycle Challenge, tennis coaching and hockey umpiring.
‘‘I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the award, especially the tramps but what tops it all was the Spirit of Adventure,’’ he said
Individual challenges and achievements are aimed at people aged 14-25.
Phoebe Slee said the message she got was to not be afraid to try new things and to put yourself out there in the community.
‘‘Volunteering at Monte Vista Retirement Home was challenging for my 14-year-old self but so rewarding now that I can look back on it.’’
Hetal Patel said the award allowed her to meet different people who had changed her life and showed her new things. She said it had shaped the person she was today.
Increasingly, employers and interviewers are recognising the award as an indicator of responsibility and achievement.
All students wanted to thank Ms Marshall, who co-ordinated the DoE programme at Taupo-nuia -Tia College, and Hillary Brown, from Powertalk International.
Hetal Patel, Gus Murray, Sarah Chilvers and Phoebe Slee from Taupo-nui-a-Tia at the DOE awards.