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One of the most influential experiences of my life

September 25, 2017

regan awardUpon reflecting on the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program at Northholm Grammar School, I can honestly say it has been one of the most influential experiences of my life.

The Award program is like no other as it has provided me with the chance to work with a range of personalities I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to. The bonding and friendships that are formed on camps, in particular on the Gold Adventurous Journeys, are things I value enormously.

Participating in the Duke of Ed has helped me gain greater awareness for the local community and has played an essential part in my co-curricular school life. It has inspired me to give back to the community through a range of activities including the NSW Rural Fire Service and Hornsby Men’s Shed.

When I began my Bronze Award I was a shy year eight student, now, almost four years later, I have grown so much and the experiences have been invaluable to me. I cannot think of a more meaningful and influential program in which to participate.


I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the Award to speak to their schools Duke of Ed Captain, Award Leaders and/or others involved, to get more information about how you can participate in the Award.

Northholm’s participation in the Award Program continues to grow, reflective of the excellent facilitation by Award Leader Ms Jennifer Woods.




Regan Leatch

Duke of Ed Captain 2017