Ultimate Award

The Ignatius Park College Ultimate Award concept is one of individual challenge.

It presents to our boys a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

The Fundamental Principles
  • The criteria for gaining an Award is individual improvement through persistence and achievement, taking into account the Participant’s initial capabilities, and without any element of competition between Participants
  • Participation is entirely voluntary and the individual Participant has a completely free choice in the selection of the locally available options .
  • The basic structure of The Award program consists of the four mandatory sections:  Physical
    Recreation, Skill, Service (Volunteering), and Adventurous Journey.
Aim of Physical Recreation

To improve your physical fitness and wellbeing, and get active.

Physical Recreation. This section offers the opportunity to participate in physical activity in a variety of ways.

Whether it be a team sport, individual pursuit or a regular get together with a few friends, the ultimate outcome must show that you were determined, you had fun and achieved some personal goals in developing your health and fitness.

Aim of Community Service

To experience what the community around you has to offer and what are its needs.

The Community Service section is all about giving back to the community. Regardless of your circumstances there are always situations out in the community that are in need of your passion. This may concern the want of the elderly, care for the environment or love of animals, refereeing a game of sport or helping with the sick.

Service offers Participants the opportunity to engage with society and gain an understanding of the importance of their role within both their immediate and global community.  It gives participants the chance to connect with individuals and groups that they may have previously overlooked or not been aware of, and to make a real difference to their world. 

Purpose of a Skill

To extend your talents and broaden your personal interests and skills.

With so many options to choose from, the participant is given the opportunity to undertake and become personally involved in an interest which he can extend his passion. The activity may be artistic, creative, musical, academic, technical, cultural or some other area. It lets the student try something totally new or continue with an existing activity with a renewed purpose.

Purpose of the Adventure

To discover a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group.

The Adventurous Journey is all about getting out there and going on an expedition or exploration in a challenging environment, with a clear purpose.

What does it involve?
  • Team work
  • Making social connections
  • Determination
  • Physical effort
  • Perseverance
  • Problem Solving
  • Cooperation
  • Taking away a unique experience!

Students are also required to keep a log or journal of their experience. The format of this record may take one of the following formats:           

  • Written journal
  • Web page
  • Scrapbook
  • Photographic record
  • Audio log
  • Video documentary
  • PowerPoint slide
Minimum Timescales for each Level by Section
 

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD

Physical Recreation

3 months

6 months

12 months

Skill

3 months

6 months

12 months

Service

3 months

6 months

12 months

Adventurous Journey

3 days + 2 nights

4 days + 3 nights

4 days + 3 nights

Minimum Grade to start

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

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