One of the most influential experiences of my life | Dukeofed

One of the most influential experiences of my life

regan awardIn reflecting on the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program at Northholm Grammar School, I can honestly say it has been one of the most influential experiences of my life.

The Program is like no other as it has provided me with the chance to work with a range of personalities I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to. The bonding and friendships that are formed on camps, in particular on the Gold Adventurous Journeys, are things I value enormously.

Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Program has helped me gain greater awareness for the local community and has played an essential part in my co-curricular school life. It has inspired me to give back to the community through a range of activities including the NSW Rural Fire Service and Hornsby Men’s Shed.

From being a shy Year Eight student when I began my Bronze, to now, almost four years later, the experiences have been invaluable to me and I cannot think of a more meaningful and influential Program in which to participate.


I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the Award to speak to the Duke of Ed Captain, Coordinator and/or others involved, to get more information about how you can participate in the award. Northholm’s participation in the Award Program continues to grow, reflective of the excellent coordination by Award Leader Ms Jennifer Woods.




Regan Leatch

Duke of Edinburgh Captain 2017