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?
- A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.
- You 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.
- You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition.
- You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on an expedition.
- The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!
- Your 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.
Why do the Duke of Edinburgh?
- Good 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!
- You’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!
- achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
- you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
- you’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.
- And above all, it’s a great laugh – the question should really be why wouldn’t you bother!
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:
- Problem solving
- Team working
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
- For the Bronze award, you need to do one of your Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for 6 months, the others for 3.
- The 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!!
- All 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.
- There are loads of different activities for each section and you can choose to do whatever you like for each section.
- When 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)