The International Award (IA) has been running at Garden International School since 1989. It is more commonly referred to as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is now run in over 100 countries and recognised in many more.
The International Award is a personal development programme for young people aged 14 to 25 and is made up of four sections: Expedition, Physical Recreation, Skills and Service. In each level young people volunteer their time and set themselves a personal challenge.
There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students start their Bronze in Year 10, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Years 12 and 13.
At Bronze level, students take part in trekking expeditions, but as they move up to Silver and Gold they get to experience various activities such as sea kayaking, white water rafting and trekking. Some of the locations which GIS takes students on expedition include: trekking in FRIM and Ulu Langat (Bronze), trekking in Endau Rompin, white water rafting, kayaking and high ropes in Gopeng (Silver).
At Gold level, our students paddle their way around the islands of Langkawi for a week to practise their navigation skills and then climb Mount Rinjani in Lombok (Indonesia) for their assessed and final expedition.
The International Award teaches students at GIS to become independent learners, it builds their confidence and challenges them to think for themselves and learn how to be self-sufficient.
They work as an individual and as part of a team, and learn what role they play, and how to evaluate and learn from their experiences. It is a valuable opportunity and a great enhancement to their everyday studies.
At GIS, we bring out the best in everyone, both inside and outside of the classroom through our unique learning culture where we pursue our passions and strive for excellence; all in the spirit of respect, integrity and well being. Speak with us today to start your learning journey with GIS.