Duke Of Edinburgh

DofE Bronze Award Expedition

This was the Year 10 Bronze Practice Expedition to prepare them for the Qualifier in June. The weather just held up

over the 2 days and pupils did very well on the first day with the trekking and building the tents in some very challenging

conditions as the wind was fierce. Pupils found the second day testing especially with tired legs and lack of

sleep from the previous day. It was an endurance test for some who still managed to pull themselves over the line.

The Qualifier will be the ultimate test when they need to successfully complete both days to ensure the full Bronze

DofE Award is finally achieved. All to work for!!

DofE Expedition 2018

We would like to use this space to congratulate our year 10 pupils who all took part in the Practice and Qualifier Bronze Expedition completing the section successfully, Alhamdulillah. By no means was it an easy task but through determination, team work and hard work all the groups passed with flying colours. We look forward to seeing them complete the other three Sections to achieve the full Bronze Award, Inshallah

Practice Expedition 2018

On Saturday 14th April, pupils from Year 10 undertook their  2 days Practice expedition as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, at Young Mariner’s Base, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. This experience gave pupils an insight into the types of activities they would have to undertake for their Qualifier Expedition. Pupils had to individually cook their own meals, work as part of a team to navigate around certain routes and set up their own tents. On Saturday 28th April, the pupils undertook their Qualifying expedition at Epping Forest. Pupils  were individually assessed by DofE accredited Assessors. It was much tougher than the practice expedition, as pupils had to undertake a 10-12 mile walking expedition each day.

 Overall, the pupils performed very well in both expeditions. Lots of leadership skills were shown by the group leaders, elements of teamwork, agility and endurance were very transparent throughout the expeditions. Pupils enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to completing the Silver Award next year, InshaAllah!

Pupils get a visit by HRH the Earl of Wessex

HRH the Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) visited the pupils at the hub in Hackney. Pupils had the opportunity to showcase the activities they are participating in order to complete their bronze award. They also build a tent and took part in various physical activities.

Thursday 24th November 2016

Tawhid Boys School’s involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Award was honoured today at the DofE’s 60th Year Diamond Anniversary at Westminster Abbey, in which Is’Haaq Jasat, (Humanities Teacher and DofE Award Coordinator at Tawhid Boys School), was selected to recite a prayer representing Islam today at the Westminster Abbey in London.

This prestigious event marked the 60th anniversary of the DofE award and was well attended by 2,000 guests, comprising of DofE supporters, volunteers, as well as members from the Royal family; HM The Queen, Prince Phillip, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Tawhid Boys School have been successfully running the DofE award for the past five years and are also an official Licensed DofE Centre. Currently, three cohorts have successfully completed their DofE Bronze award. Currently, 31 pupils are undergoing the Bronze and Silver awards, with a further 29 pupils expected to commence their DofE Bronze award from January 2017.

Is’Haaq Jasat composed and recited the following prayer, entitled ‘Peace & Unity’ in front of the 2,000 guests at the Westminster Abbey:

“O Almighty, unite our hearts, guide us in the path of peace, liberate us from darkness by Your light, save us from enormities whether open or hidden. O God, You are the source of life and peace, bless us in our ears, eyes, hearts, spouses and children, make us grateful for Your bounty and full of praise for it, so that we may continue to receive it and complete Your blessings upon us. Give to us: understanding that puts end to strife, mercy that quenches hatred, and forgiveness that overcomes vengeance. Empower all people to live in your law of love, unity and peace. Aameen.”

We pray that The Almighty accepts our humble efforts and uses this prayer as a means of guidance, to help spread peace, unity and tolerance between Islam and other faiths.


What Is The Duke of Edinburgh Award?

  • žA DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.
  • žYou can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Here at TBS we do the bronze award.
  • žYou achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition.
  • žYou’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition.
  • žThe best bit is – you get to choose what you do!
  • žYour programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
  • žhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxU6zhmb8Bs

Why do the Duke of Edinburgh?

  • žGood question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure.  Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it!
  • žYou’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.  Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.  It’s a real buzz!
  • žachieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
  • žyou’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
  • žyou’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
  • žAnd above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!
  • žhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaVKgAbFU3U

UCAS states:

Activities before higher education
Extra-curricular activities are great for demonstrating skills on your UCAS application. Maybe something sporting, creative or musical – possibly with key skills like teamwork. Maybe paid work or volunteering, or an activity resulting in a grade, certificate or accreditation. There’s so much available – something for all ages and backgrounds:

•clubs, societies and employment in your local area
•higher education taster courses
•science, technology, engineering and maths activities
•skills development – e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, National Citizen Service, Young Enterprise etc.
•accreditation in personal effectiveness for activities that prepare you for higher education
What do universities and employers think of the Duke of Edinburgh award?
žA DofE Award, particularly at Gold level, is an enormously valuable achievement and is recognised and valued by colleges and universities worldwide. žEmphasising the importance of highlighting the activities you have undertaken as part of your DofE programme on your UCAS or college application form tells the institution that you have an ambitious and positive attitude as well as a range of interests.
žMany top universities are now looking for much more than good grades and extra-curricular activities; they are interested in young people who can evidence a genuine and committed interest in their desired area of study.
žAs a DofE participant or Award holder you’ll be glad to know that whether it’s the boardroom or the building site that you want to excel in, the DofE can help you to get one step closer to hearing those immortal words; “You’re HIRED!”
žIn addition to literacy and numeracy skills, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the CBI define the skills and attitude that make someone employable as:
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Team working
  • Communication

Having a positive attitude is also an incredibly important attribute in every industry, from customer relations to construction. A ‘can do’ approach underpins success in working life by helping you to be resilient and adapt to changing situations around you.
DofE programmes help participants to develop each and every one of these attributes and skills – although they might not realise it.

                              There are four sections to complete for the DofE award

  • žVolunteering
  • žSkills
  • žPhysical
  • žExpedition
  • For the Bronze award, you need to do one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for 6 months, the others for 3.
  • žThe bronze expedition will take place between February and April and most participants will already have completed the other sections by then. We will be going on two expeditions, the first will be a training and the second an assessed expedition. On the expedition participants will be camping for 1/2 nights and will have great fun!!
  • žAll participants will receive a eDofE login and they will have to log their planners, time logs and evidence for each of the sections. Your supervisor will be able to monitor your progress through this as well and you will receive full training on how to use the eDofE site.
  • žThere are loads of different activities for each section and you can choose to do whatever you like for each section.
  • žWhen completing each section of your DofE, you should develop a programme which is specific and relevant to you.

More information about the Duke of Edinburgh award can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh website (link below)