Special Programs

Within our pastoral care system, we operate a number of initiatives to support the well-being of each child.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the world's leading achievement award for young people. Bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is:
• Open to all young people aged 14-24, regardless of their background and circumstances.
• About personal development: it is a non-competitive, enjoyable, voluntary and balanced program, which requires sustained effort over time.
• A framework that enables young people to demonstrate self-development that is internationally recognised.

At John Wollaston participation in the award structure is introduced to Year 8 students in Term 4 to give them an overview of the program. Students in Years 9 – 12 can register at anytime in the school year if they choose to take on the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is comprised of four sections: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey, and includes a Residential Project at Gold level. The Award is comprised of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold – each progressively more challenging and requiring different time commitments.

For further information about the Award please visit The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia (WA) www.dukeofedwa.org.au

or contact Mr David Crawford (Award Leader for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award).

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Rainbows Program

The Rainbows Program in the Primary School, assists children who are coping with anxiety, grief or loss.

Several staff have undertaken specific training to facilitate groups of up to six students who meet once a week for approximately 10 weeks. During these sessions, students are able to talk about their situations in a safe and confidential environment. They write their thoughts and feelings in a private journal and develop an understanding that there are other children who are also experiencing similar issues.

With personal matters often affecting school performance, the Rainbows Program provides an outlet for students and a chance for them to become more settled in the classroom environment.

Rainbows Program Information

Introduction and Form


General Enquiries