International Award GIS

UPDATES: International Award @ GIS

Face-to-face CCAs will run for all participants from Thursday 24th September after school from 2.35-3.35pm. All students must attend this CCA if they wish to participate in the International Award this academic year.


We are working hard to get some outdoor education and trips organised for term 2 so watch this space...

CCA group lists and key information

Continuing the Award during Covid-19

2020 has been a year unlike any other. From the #COVID19 pandemic to the #ClimateChange crisis, we are all affected by unprecedented global change, but young people will face the biggest consequences over their lifetime.

At GIS we are working hard to keep the International Award programme running in a safe and successful way. We had an incredibly high pass rate for students in the last academic year (2019-2020) and this is testament to the student's resilience and creativity during the MCO.

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. For their assessed and final expedition we head to Sichuan in Western China to walk the Minya Konka trek, a truly stunning alpine adventure.

The Award teaches students at GIS to become independent learners, it builds their confidence and challenges them to think for themselves and be self-sufficient. They work as individuals 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.