International Award GIS

Introduction to the Award

The International Award has been running at Garden International School since the year 1989. It is more commonly referred to as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and is now run in over 100 countries and recognised in many more. The Award is a personal development programme for young people aged 14 – 25 and is made up of four sections: Expedition, Physical Recreation, Skills and Service. In each level young people volunteer their time and set themselves a personal challenge. There are 3 levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students start their Bronze in Year 10, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Years 12 & 13.

At Bronze level, students take part in trekking expeditions, but as they move up to Silver and Gold they get to experience various activities such as river kayaking, white water rafting, rock climbing and campcraft. Some of our trip locations for expeditions include: trekking in FRIM and Kuala Kubu Bharu (Bronze), climbing Gunung Ledang in Johor, high ropes in Gopeng and trekking in the Cameron Highlands (Silver). At Gold level our students walk for 5 days on the scenic MacLehose trail in Hong Kong where they practice their navigation skills and then climb Mount Rinjani in Lombok (Indonesia) for their assessed and final expedition.

The Award teaches students at GIS to become independent learners, it builds their confidence and challenges them to think for themselves and learn how to be self-sufficient. They work as an individual and as part of a team, and learn what role they play, and how to evaluate and learn from their experiences. It is a valuable opportunity and a great enhancement to their everyday studies.

Please click on one of the links in the sidebar to find out more about the programme.