Gold Duke of Edinburgh Recipients

Five St Margaret’s College Old Girls have been awarded the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award in Wellington this weekend. They join a small group of rangatahi globally who achieve this remarkable award each year.

Georgia Lassen, Charlotte Prebble, Olivia Connor, Tayla Hardy, and Amelia Evans were hosted by The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General, at Government House, and joined by Executive Principal Diana Patchett and former SMC Duke of Edinburgh coordinator Gill Blackler. Their outstanding achievements including developing new skills, engaging in arduous physical activities, and supporting their community were recognised and celebrated.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is offered to girls from Year 10 onwards, beginning with the opportunity to participate in the Bronze Award alongside our Middle School’s Rite Journey programme. Students are also supported in their pursuit of Silver and Gold awards through our Senior School. Georgia, Tayla and Amelia were the first group at SMC to complete their Adventurous Journey, mountain biking through Ben Lomond station in Queenstown. 

Diana Patchett, Executive Principal, says: 

 “We are incredibly proud of Georgia, Charlotte, Olivia, Tayla and Amelia for their exceptional accomplishments. These remarkable young women serve as an inspiration to our entire College, challenging themselves to realise their ambitions, while making meaningful contributions to their community.”