Supervisor sees 100th Hillary gold award

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Golden moment... Blue Mountain College teacher Vicki Crawford took Duke of EdinburghÂ’s Hillary Awards gold award achievers (from left) Sydney Robertson, Piper Munro and Olivia Reihana (all 17) out to lunch to celebrate passing their awards this year. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Vicki Crawford is sitting on 101 not out.

In the 13 years the Blue Mountain College teacher has been supervising the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards at the school, 101 pupils have passed their gold award.

Mrs Crawford said achieving the milestone was very satisfying, as she had never had the opportunity to take part in the programme when she was at school.

“It feels like I’ve achieved those golds,” Mrs Crawford said.

“I’m exceptionally proud and it feels like they are my own 100 children.”

Being part of each pupil’s journey was the next-best thing to completing the award herself.

She had always had the goal of reaching the 100 milestone, thinking “once I get to 100 I can leave knowing that everything’s in good hands, but that is not to say I am leaving this minute”.

The pupils started at bronze level, progressed to silver and then gold if they chose to.

“Ninety percent of kids get all three.”

Taking part in the programme was an option but 45% of the pupils opted in.

In the past 18 months, pupils could record their progress online.

“That has been a real challenge for me, ’cause I am not a real

The first three to pass their gold award this year were Sydney Robertson, Olivia Reihana and Piper Munro, and Mrs Crawford took the three out to lunch. Olivia was the 100th to pass.

“It could have been any one of them pinged in the system.”

Olivia said “it was quite cool” to be Mrs Crawford’s 100th person.

“She’s helped us a lot.”

Awards national director Karen Ross said Mrs Crawford had been a dedicated award leader.

“Achieving 100 gold awards is impressive,” Ms Ross said.

“It shows how committed Vicki is to seeing students gain the full range of awards.”