St Louis Grammar School
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

President's Award

The President’s Award is the world's leading youth achievement award which gives 14-24 year olds the opportunity to gain recognition for all the fantastic activities that they partake in.  There are three progressive levels of programmes, which when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold. The award is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential.  By taking part in this award, pupils of St Louis will take on exciting personal, physical and community challenges and develop new skills and new friendships. Pupils will complete this award over a period of eighteen months. Throughout this time, they will be involved in various community projects, sporting events and residential opportunities. 


A recent survey concluded that having a President’s Award was the third most popular aspect which universities look for on an application form behind qualifications and work experience.  There are many advantages of undertaking the President’s Award and it is a worthwhile programme but it has proven to be physically, mentally and emotionally challenging for students. 


Annually St Louis students are given the opportunity to complete Gold and Silver qualifications.  The Gold Award pupils will complete a 4 day hill walking expedition in the Lake District National Park.  The aim of this expedition is to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.  The expeditions across all levels will involve one practice expedition and a qualifying expedition.   The Silver Award pupils will complete a 3 day hill walking expedition and this usually takes place in the Mourne Mountains. Pupils will be hiking, camping and using small stoves to cook from for the duration of the expedition.


This Award can be very expensive to run for the pupils therefore pupils are also involved in fundraising to off set the cost of the Award.


Sixth form students undertake some aspects of preparation for the Award during Enrichment periods but will also be required to stay after school for training.  Likewise Silver Award preparations mainly take place after school time.






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