Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award

This award is open to all students from the age of 14. It is a self-directed programme with support from the school. It has four sections - service, physical recreation, skills and adventurous journey. Detailed information can be found on their website. In order to encourage the students to persevere through to Gold level, Kavanagh College has decided to offer the award starting at 15 years of age with direct entry into Silver level. If there is parental support and motivation for the long haul, students are welcome to start at Bronze at 14 years of age. At Kavanagh College, the award is co-ordinated by Rachel Mortimer and Ian Adamson is responsible for helping to train students for their adventurous journey.


Outdoor Education

Year 8
Students head off to Camp Columba at the end of Year 8 to participate in a week of physical challenges including abseiling, climbing, walking, ropes and zip lines to name just a few.

Year 10
Students at the end of Year 10 embark on a week long camp as part of the Health & Physical Education programme at Kavanagh College. They can choose to participate in one of the following camps:

  • A bit of everything held at Cromwell and Bannockburn
  • Horse Riding held up the Cardona Valley
  • Mountain Biking in Naseby
  • Rock Climbing in Wanaka
  • Tramping in the Fiordland National Park
  • Surfing at Curio Bay