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The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

  BMC's Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awardees for 2014:

Zoe Hancox, Sarah McKee, Adele Gardyne, Nina Kopa, Megan McCall, Marieke van Woerden, Alexander Falconer gather for a photo with Governor General Sir Jerry Mataparae and Lady Janine at St Andrews College in Christchurch for the November Ceremony. There was a strong support team there on the day  to celebrate with these special young people, of friends, family, teachers and Miss Cav. We are all very proud of yet another fine group of Gold Awardees that have been added to the Friends of the College Gold Honours Board


The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award

 Honours Board

We received great news from the Lions and A & P Society Combined Hay Competition organisers that we had been granted $1000 to cover the costs of the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award Honours Board, which the Friends of the College have commissioned, to record all of the Gold recipients beginning with the introduction of the programme in 2000. We are delighted with the generosity of these two organisations which give so much to our wider community on an on-going basis. 




2013 Gold Ceremony

Once again Blue Mountain College had the largest group of students receiving their Gold Awards at the Ceremony held in Dunedin on Saturday 16 November 2019.

Congratulations to: Tash Johnston, Talia Purser, Gavin Stark, Sinead Cormack, Tyson Adams, Ben Tomsett, Rachael Corlett, Elliot Hancox, Sam Peirce, Ashley White. 


2012 Gold Ceremony

Congratulations to: Tony Johnston and Josie Mariu and ex students Mia Broad, Leah Gardyne, Mitchell Hancox, Tessa Livingston, James Rea and Michael Perry. These Gold Awards were presented at the Award Ceremony with the Governor General on September 22nd in Dunedin.




 2011 Gold Ceremony

 Our Gold recipients in the presence of His Excellency Lieutenant General The                        Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO and Lady Janine Mateparae.

 Read the full story in the ODT here


Overview at Blue Mountain College

This is a voluntary, non competitive programme of leisure activities for those aged 14 - 25, designed to offer a personal and individual challenge.

It introduces our young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part, and across the generations with adults who give up time to share skills and help organise the programme.

How does it work?

Through a four section programme with three levels

The levels are:

  • Bronze - open to all aged 14 and over and lasting at least 6 months
  • Silver - open to all aged 15 and over and lasting at least 12 months
  • Gold - open to all aged 16 and over and lasting at least 18 months

The sections are:

  • Service - giving unpaid help in the local community
  • Skills - covering almost any non physical hobby, skill or interest
  • Adventurous Journey - training for, practising, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle
  • Physical Recreation - sport, dance and fitness
  • Residential Project - for the Gold level only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions

Who can do this Programme?

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can take up the programme, regardless of gender, background or ability. All Awards must be completed by the participant's 25th Birthday. You must fill out a registration form and receive a record book before you can count any activities towards The Award, contact Mrs Vicki Crawford.

Who else can be involved?

The programme is dependent on a huge number of volunteers who are willing to share their skills, experience and organising abilities to help others gain Awards. They may not get a badge or certificate, but they certainly share the challenge and rewards of being involved.

What are the benefits?

  • Friendship
  • Enjoyment
  • New skills
  • Improved abilities
  • Excitement
  • Wider horizons
  • Achievement
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Time management
  • Local, national and even international connections

Who organises the Programme?

 At Blue Mountain College Mrs Vicki Crawford is the co-ordinator and Miss Hazel Mackie the support co-ordinator of the programme.

 Currently, there are Bronze tramps are planned for Feb/ March each year. Any Year 11 students can go on these tramps to complete this level. We need parent help for these tramps, and transportation and gear lists are available from Miss Mackie, at this level, or Mrs Crawford for Silver and Gold. The Bronze practice tramp is carried out at Borland Year 10 camp in December each year. 

Year 9's signing up for the award can start working through each section, getting it signed off as they complete each one. They should check out the website for ideas.

Silver level students can also be getting their sections signed off and making plans in groups of four or more for their two night tramps. They should take advantage of the holidays and Easter each year to complete the first one and maybe looking towards November, after exams to complete number two. Silver tramp recommendations are: Hollyford (P), Greenstone (P,Q), Routeburn (P,Q) When they turn 16 years old they can apply for and work on their Gold awards, as long as they have their corresponding silver sections signed off.

As students move up through the levels, they are meant to be driving the completion of their sections themselves and planning their own tramps etc but we would ask parents to check their books regularly and to give them a gentle reminder if they have forgotten. This kind of help is invaluable to our coordinators as we have a large number of students working within the award system.

Gold students should be mindful of getting their books up to date and in planning their final tramp. Books need to be to Mrs Crawford by May at the latest, if you wish to receive your award in the year you achieve it. It is still okay to complete it by December before you leave school and receive the award in the following year. Mrs Vicki Crawford (Silver/Gold) or Miss Hazel Mackie (Bronze) can be contacted at the school if you would like any further information.

The students wishing to join, just need to collect a registration form from the office and once complete, they need to return it to the office with the required fee. Then their book will be ordered, but they can start any work towards the award from the date they write on the form. 

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