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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report Rd 1 2019

Date:March 12, 2019

It was great to see 294 students competing in Round 1 of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships last

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Remembering Kara

Date:February 25, 2019

Today, we celebrated the life of much-loved teacher Miss Kara Pylypiuk.    The TAS Community is in mourning at the

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FNQ Interschool Chess Championships Report – Finals 2018

Date:August 28, 2018

Finals of the Far North Queensland Interschool Chess Championships were held on the 23 August with 372 students competing.  The

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Trinity Day 2018

Date:June 8, 2018

We celebrated our 35th birthday at TAS this week, and were blessed to have Bishop Bill Ray deliver our Trinity

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Stargazing World Record Attempt

Date:June 7, 2018

On Wednesday 23 May, over 300 people gathered at TAS to participate in the World Record Attempt for the Most

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Online Safety and Cyberbullying | 11 June @ 6pm

Date:June 6, 2018

As parents, carers and educators, we are all very aware of internet safety.   On Monday 11 June, TAS is

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TAS – Top 3% of Secondary Schools

Date:March 7, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, We were pleased to receive contact recently from the federal government’s Chair of the Standing Committee on

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Year 12 Outcomes for Cairns Schools

Date:March 4, 2019

Dear TAS parent/carer, Some of you will have read the Cairns Post story last week on the Year 12 outcomes

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Principal’s Blog 2019 – Response to Fees

Date:February 1, 2019

Dear Parents Welcome back to another exciting year. Some of you may have read a story in the Cairns Post

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Edition 1, Term 1/2019

Date:February 1, 2019

Sometimes an authentic experience reminds you of the good. I was driving my mother-in-law’s car up to Cairns recently, for

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Learning. Believing. Achieving – A message from Paul

Date:December 12, 2018

I write to you regarding recent stories in the media surrounding legislation concerning religious beliefs within faith-based schools. The Anglican

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Learning, Believing, Achieving – Farewell Class of 2018

Date:November 19, 2018

What a wonderful morning on Friday celebrating our Year 12 students finishing their secondary schooling. The Year 12 students themselves

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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 please contact the Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader at TAS, Darren Osmond.

Further information and forms can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Participant Registration Guide
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Parental Consent Form
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Guide for Bronze Award Participants
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Participant Application Form (continuing student)
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