Doing Compass

The Compass Award fosters positive attitudes towards learning while complementing your child’s school curriculum.

Students aged 10-13 years old choose their own challenging activities that are interesting, exciting and heaps of fun! The Award gives participants the opportunity to try fun activities and learn new skills, while developing their initiative and commitment. Thus, enabling them to become more responsible and motivated young people.

The program is structured over four progressive levels.

To achieve The Compass Award at any Level, young people create a unique program of activities (for a set length of time) across four Sections:

Award Levels and Requirements


To encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement in physical fitness and performance.



Here is a small sample of some Physical Activity options...

Aerobics | Athletics | Football | Badminton | Basketball | Bush Walking | Cricket | Cycling | Dancing | Gymnastics | Hiking | Horse Riding | Indoor Rock Climbing | Little Athletics | Martial Arts | Netball | Running | Skateboarding | Softball | Surfing | Swimming | Table Tennis | Tennis | Trampolining | Volleyball | Walking | Yoga


To encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills.



Here is a small sample of some Hobbie options...

Amateur Radio | Art/Craft | Bird Watching | Ceramics | Chess | Choir Member | Computing | Cooking | Debating | Dog Training | Drama | Electronics | Embroidery | Fishing | Gardening | Jewellery Making | Knitting | Languages | Model Construction | Origami | Painting | Pet Care | Photography | Playing an Instrument | Puppetry | Sewing | Sign Language AUSLAN | Video Making | Website Design | Woodwork


To develop and encourage a sense of community spirit and responsibility to others.



Here is a small sample of some Volunteering options...

Join the Junior School Council or SRC | Library assistant | Cross-age tutoring | Peer Support | Fundraising | Gardening | Student newsletter | Run a lunchtime group eg. art, chess, photography

Children - Conduct regular visits to pre-schools and help out or go to hospitals where you can talk to younger children

Environment - Organise litter collection | Visit National Trust properties | Help to maintain local facilities eg. walking tracks

Fundraising - Take on community service projects and school fundraising drives

Community Support - School band playing for community groups | Hospital visits | Reading and letter writing service to the elderly | Shopping for the housebound


To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.



Here is a small sample of some Exploration options...

• WALKING - National parks, coastal parks, waterfalls

• CANOEING - Nearby rivers and lakes

• CYCLING – local bike trails, national parks, state forests

• CITY/LOCAL SITES – museums, art galleries, National Trust Properties, historical landmarks/sites, zoo, planetarium, Scienceworks School camps and excursions will also provide many opportunities, but remember –

• you need to be involved in planning and running your exploration!

• Before you head out on your journey, you will need to receive some basic training from someone who is experienced. This is to ensure that you are well prepared for your journey.

Awards Victoria Ltd is committed to being a child safe and child friendly organisation. It recognises, respects and promotes children’s rights and is committed to protecting and empowering children who come into contact with the organisation. At Awards Victoria Ltd children are to be listened to, taken seriously and treated with sensitivity and compassion.

Awards Victoria Ltd acknowledges that children’s safety is the responsibility of the whole community and recognises its own responsibilities in keeping children safe from abuse. It has a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse.

Awards Victoria Ltd values diversity and will not tolerate discriminatory practices. It recognises the vulnerabilities of particular groups of children and pays particular attention to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and the safety of children with a disability.