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TAS Speech Night 2017

Date:December 4, 2017

If you missed Speech Night, or want to relive those special moments, the video production of the event is now Read more...

TAS Time Tunnel farewells graduating cohort

Date:November 17, 2017

The whole school turned out in excitement to farewell our graduating Year 12's in the TAS traditional time tunnel. There Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017

Date:November 10, 2017

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017 The third round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were Read more...

From Cairns to Hollywood – TAS Student Kane O’Rielley heads to LA

Date:October 23, 2017

THANK YOU TO THE CAIRNS POST FOR THIS STORY - 21 OCTOBER 2017   KANE O’Rielley will have something in Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017

Date:August 20, 2017

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 3 2017 The third round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were Read more...

FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Round 2 2017

Date:May 26, 2017

The second round of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 18 May.  Over 300 students Read more...

Holiday Blog | December 2017

Date:December 11, 2017

TAS World Challenge Nepal 2017 It has been incredible to watch the work that our students and staff are achieving Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – End of Term 4

Date:November 24, 2017

Tree Planting Thanks to our wonderful Year 4 students and Mrs Sloan for planting heaps of trees around the bottom Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 4 Week 7

Date:November 20, 2017

Year 12 farewell We farewelled out wonderful Year 12s with the traditional Year 12 breakfast and the walk through the Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 4 Week 6

Date:November 10, 2017

China I have just returned from a study tour of China with Mr Saunders (English Teacher) as we explore expanding Read more...

Outstanding Opportunities | Astounding Achievements # 2

Date:November 1, 2017

Year 7/8 QAMT Maths Team outstanding at the State finals. Our Year 7/8 QAMT Maths Quiz team were outstanding at Read more...

Learning. Believing. Achieving – Term 4 Week 4

Date:October 27, 2017

SHOUT-OUTS RAFFLE for the Coconut Carnival: A call out to all in the TAS community to sell your tickets. All Read more...
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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a leading youth development program, empowering young people to explore their full potential. It presents a balanced, noncompetitive program of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

The Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.


International Recognition

The Award is widely recognised and is part of an international network of over 143 countries and territories and eight million Awardees.


Achieving the Award

The Award is comprised of three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each level is progressively more challenging. Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold Award participants are also required to complete an additional section which is a Residential Project.


Fundamental Principles

Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self improvement through persistence and achievement. It is solely concerned with individual effort and does not take into account competition between participants.

There is no discrimination against participation on the grounds of gender, race, religion or political affiliation.


The Ten Guiding Principles

The following ten principles encapsulate the basis of the Award, its rules and operation.

  1. Individual
  2. Noncompetitive
  3. Achievable
  4. Voluntary
  5. Development
  6. Balanced
  7. Progressive
  8. Inspiration
  9. Persistence
  10. Enjoyable

Benefits to Participants

  • Although completion of an Award in no way ensures employment, it is a definite advantage. Our research shows us that Awardees do have an edge!
  • With the Award's emphasis on involvement in activities during the participants’ own time, young people learn to make constructive use of leisure time.
  • Participants in the Award help to improve the quality of the communities in which they live.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is one of the most positive forces today in the nurturing of good citizenship.
  • Through personal commitment to achieve an Award, young people acquire essential life skills.
  • As the Award is based on individual achievement, participants develop in character acquiring qualities such as self-confidence, perseverance and integrity.
  • The Duke's Award is fun! Participants can expect to discover a new enthusiasm and a sense of adventure

The Award at TAS

In recent years, TAS has seen numerous students complete their Gold Award and many more complete their Silver and Bronze Awards.

Participants will be facilitated and supported throughout the process and opportunities will be provided to assist in the completion of their Award.

Participation is entirely voluntary and the individual has freedom of choice in the selection of locally available options within the four sections.


Getting Started

For more information, the Award Coordinator Sarah Warren can be contacted at sarahw@tas.qld.edu.au.

Further information and forms can be found at the following Queensland Government website: https://www.qld.gov.au/youth/be-involved-have-your-say/duke-of-ed/.

Participant Application Form 2016
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Guide for Bronze Award Participants
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Bronze / Silver Award Plan
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