The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

"The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award challenges students to dream big and discover their potential. Leaving their comfort zones through learning new skills, being physically active, taking part in adventures, giving service to the community and for the Gold participants completing a Residential Project with people they don’t know. The 3-4 year journey to complete the Gold Award builds self-confidence and greater resilience. Students need to be self-motivated, focused, hardworking and determined through, difficult and sometimes very challenging times. The life skills learned with Duke of Edinburgh will set them apart, and set them up for success in today's world"

Duke of Edinburgh within the Senior School

Duke of Edinburgh within the Senior School

To register for the Silver award you must be 15 and for the Gold award
16 years of age.


A direct entrant can start at a level above without having completed the lower award level. Some requirements are needed from the missed level especially for the Adventurous Journey section.

Sections of the Award

Sections of the Award

The award is divided into four sections:


1. Physical Recreation - to show improvement in a physical activity
2. Service - what you can do for others. Non-profit organisations or community help
3. Skill - learning something new that is not a physical activity 
4. Adventurous Journey Expedition/Tramp - training sessions, practice and qualifying tramps. 
5. Gold Award only – 5-day Residential Project which can be either completed International e.g. World Challenge or in NZ e.g. Cue Haven or Woofing

For more information contact The Duke of Edinburgh's Programme Lead Teacher at Dio 
Kate Pilkington kpilkington@diocesan.school.nz