MacLachlan is a member school of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. This prestigious awards system was established on an international basis by the Duke of Edinburgh and is offered to young people between the ages of 14 and 25.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. Originally only meant for boys ages 14-18, the award officially launched in Canada in 1963 and was available to boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 25. In 1988 Canada became a founding member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association and remains one of the fourth largest National Awards Authorities. Since 1990 MacLachlan has been a member of the program to enhance its commitment to excellence and support exceptional student experiences.
There are four areas of endeavour in the Award:
- Community Service
- Skill Development
- Physical Fitness
Students work through three levels of increasingly rigorous requirement: Bronze; Silver and Gold. Students are eligible to register for the DofE in grade 9. After Bronze is completed, students can then decide whether they want to continue to Silver and Gold Award levels.
Designed to develop independence, resourcefulness, courage, initiative, endurance and perseverance, it provides a unique opportunity for MacLachlan students to develop into people who “make a difference". This is a challenging and rewarding program and is very much a personal undertaking and not a competition against others. The program is self-directed and tailored to reflect his or her starting point, abilities and interests. MacLachlan is proud of student participation in the DofE Awards program.