Stu­dents cel­e­brate their gold suc­cess

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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.

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He­tal Pa­tel, Gus Mur­ray, Sarah Chil­vers and Phoebe Slee from Taupo-nui-a-Tia at the DOE awards.

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