The President’s Award

The President’s Award has been running in South Africa since 1983 and at Somerset College since 2010. It takes its inspiration from the internationally recognized Duke of Edinburgh Award, which was set up in 1956. The Award consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. To complete each level a participant has to complete a sport, learn a skill, perform community service and complete an outdoor journey.

The purpose of the Award is to provide Somerset College students with a structure that will help them grow personally and collectively. Although many of the activities are already part of the school programme, participants are expected to make their own plans when it comes to community service and be organised in updating and submitting record sheets.

The Award is not dependent on sporting or academic ability, nor is it a competition. It requires a desire to strive for personal growth, an ability to commit to a particular task for an appropriate length of time and the self-discipline to complete and submit the information as required by the President’s Award.

To download an application form, please click on this link President’s Award Enrolment Form

For more information about this programme, contact Patrick Cordery at

President’s Award Recipients in 2015:

Gold: Jenna Frankeiss, Natasha Furness, Jet Hardy and Nikita Tessendorf.

Silver: Garen Bevan, Jenna Bloemetje, Matthew Coltman, Reece Davies, Andrew de Villiers, Joshua Durie, Caitlin Grieve, Katya Irwin, Emily Pyle, William Scott, Frances Storey, Max Thompson, Justine van der Merwe and Dominique Walls.

Bronze: Miranda Danckwerts, Matthew Dave, Jana de Kock, Layla Ferguson, Alyce Firmani, Annabel Gilfillan, Ben Hatch, Anna Mackintosh, Kiera McNamara, Leopold Raith, JiHyen Son, Caitlin Whitfield and Hlomla Xauka.

October 10 - 30 Gold Presidents recipients