Duke of Edinburgh Gold for Rangi Ruru Student
Rangi Ruru Year 13 student Nicole Jackson has received the highest honour in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards.
Nicole was presented with her Gold Award by the Governor General, the Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy at a ceremony in Christchurch last weekend.
Nicole says achieving her Gold Award was about more than receiving a badge, it was about self-improvement and gaining valuable experience.
“I have learnt many things through my involvement with Duke of Edinburgh but what I will take away is the motivation and confidence I developed to try new things,” she says.
“While I wanted to achieve the Gold Award because it would support my university applications, the opportunity to push myself and ultimately to complete the whole Award, was the real incentive behind my endeavour,” said Nicole.
Rangi Ruru Head of History and Classical Studies, and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Jenelle Hooson applauds Nicole’s achievement and acknowledges the time and commitment required to achieve a Gold Award.
“To get to the gold level in Duke of Edinburgh is a pursuit that requires commitment, tenacity and a real willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. It’s a remarkable achievement,” said Ms Hooson.
“A great deal of the award is about self-management and personal growth,” she adds. “Nicole has dedicated hundreds of hours towards completing this award and we are very proud of her.”
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award involves service to the community, development of a skill, commitment to a physical activity and the ability to plan and carry out an adventurous journey such as tramping.