Our school offers the opportunity to apply for the prestigious International Award of the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) created by Kurt Hahn, one of the most influent figures in the international education of the 20th century, one of the founders of the IB, as well as creator and head master of the Gordonstoun School (Scotland). In this private school, several members of the Royal Family studied. One of the first students of Kurt Hahn was the Duke of Edinburgh, whose name bears this prestigious award.
It is true to say that this award develops the leaders of tomorrow, inculcate the importance of teamwork, personal integrity, responsibility and encourages independent learning. However, this is only a part of the scope and breadth of the award.
At Saint John’s, students can participate once they are in year 9. They start with the Bronze award, then they move on to the Silver and finally, to the prestigious Gold Award. In each level, students must undertake 4 activities (a service to the community, a physical activity, the development of a skill and an adventure trip).
Each student has a mentor, who is a trained and certified faculty member, who has skills, knowledge and qualifications to guide this student in the process of meeting their goals. Students must independently (with the help of their mentors) undertake and record their activities, whereas the school plans and offers a comprehensive learning programme to provide students with the knowledge and skills to develop the projects they want.
Saint John’s School received a license to implement the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) in 2017. We are one of the two schools in Chile that share this programme which, globally, is present in 142 countries. Our objective as leaders of the DofE is to provide our motivated students the opportunity to obtain the prestigious Gold Award and in doing so, to attend to the Saint James Palace in London to receive it directly from the Duke of Edinburgh.