Duke of Edinburgh and the William Pike Award


Duke of Edinburgh Award Or William Pike Challenge Award

 Westland High School has introduced opportunities for students  to gain nationally and internationally recognised awards.

In the first year this was offered ( 2018) 11 students have registered for the Duke of Edinburgh / Hillary Award and 12 have registered for the William Pike Challenge. The school is working in partnership with Search The Way “Open Award Centre” Coordinators, Justin and Silvia Blacklock, who have provided sponsorship for students to participate in the awards.

The William Pike Challenge Award is for Year 9 students, those aged 13 and involves:

  • Learning a new sport or hobby for 20 hours (Passion Project)
  • Completing 20 hours of voluntary Community Service
  • Completing 5 Outdoor Activities. These are organised by Search The Way and undertaken on the school site.

Year 10 students and above  (aged 14 and above) are eligible to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, which is run in 144 countries.

Certificates and badges


  • Bronze for those aged 14 and up . The first level is the Bronze Award, when the target is 13 weeks of a minimum of one hour per week for the first three sections.
  • Silver – aged 15
  • Gold – aged 16

The Duke of Edinburgh Award involves:

  • Service – helping others through voluntary work eg coaching, fundraising, St John Cadets, training for that service counts too, Work Experience.
  • Skills Section – hobby or non physical interest and something you enjoy. There are 240 options. One hour per week for 15 weeks.
  • Recreation Section – something that improves your fitness and wellbeing
  • Adventure Section – training and overnight journey, then run your own journey. This could be exploration from a base or an expedition. Spirit of Adventure counts.
  • Gold level has an additional activity – a 4 nights 5 days expedition with people you don’t know

Many students are already learning news skills out of school (for example learning dance or piano), helping others (for example through coaching), and keeping fit through their sports and so the awards give credit for what they are already doing in many cases.


If you would like more information contact:

Yvonne Simpson,  International Director, Partnerships and Pathways. yvonne.simpson@westlandhigh.school.nz


Justin & Silvia Blacklock

Award Leader – Search The Way Award Unit

West Coast/Top of the South Regional Hub Coordinator –

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

(+64) 027 822 0011

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