Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an international youth awards programme originally founded in the UK in 1956 by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and has since expanded to over 140 countries across the globe. The awards are focused on adolescents and young adults completing a series of character building, teamwork and self-improvement exercises and tasks over a number of months. There are three levels of the award; Bronze, Silver or Gold.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an extremely valuable accolade for any young person to have. It shows hard work, dedication, willingness to better ones self and the ability to work well both individually and as a team to any Universities as well as potential future Employers.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Bronze Award is part of the HeadStart Secondary Curriculum and is taken during the first year of Key Stage 4 (Year 10). The higher Silver or Gold awards are taken later on a voluntary basis.

For more information please contact Ms Letitia Bekker, HeadStart’s DofE coordinator at [email protected]

With supervision and assistance from trained adults and DofE leaders, the participants select, set and complete objectives in the following areas:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.


2018 Adventurous Journey Dates

Please contact the DoE coordinator in order to know which group your child is in.

Group Training Practice Adventurous Journey
Group 1 Bronze 27-28 October 10-11 November 3-4 December
Group 2 Bronze 3-4 November 1-2 December 10-11 January
Group Silver 6-7 October 10-11 November 19-21 January

Beach Clean Ups for Term 1, 2018-2019

Every weekend Trash Hero organises Beach Cleanups around the island. It is a great opportunity for the Duke of Edinburgh students who chose beach cleanups as their service component for the Award to attend. To help the students get started in this, the school has agreed to provide transport from the school and back to a maximum of 2 cleanups per month. Any additional cleans that the students want to attend, it is the students’ responsibility to organise their own transport, as this helps to build their independence, which is a major requirement to succeed in the Award.

If students want to make use of the school transport, they must book their place on the bus with the coordinator, as places on the bus are limited. All students who do not book their place on the bus and still want to attend the beach clean must make take their own way to the location and back. Also please take note of the drop-off and pick up times, as the students will not be supervised by teachers after these times.

Students should wear their P.E. shirt, bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat.

Here are the dates for the upcoming cleans. We will not be able to provide school transportation for all clean ups so please check outgoing information closer to the time.

  • 09 September, 2018 (Sun) Naithon
  • 15 September, 2018 (Sat) World Cleanup Day!! Karon Beach
  • 29 September, 2018 (Sat) Karon Beach (South end)
  • 06 October, 2018 (Sat) Layan Beach
  • 14 October, 2018 (Sun) Kata Beach (North end)

Updates will be made as more information becomes available by Trash Hero. Trash Hero Phuket creates events on Facebook a few days before the cleanup with much more information including exact location and timings. If you would like more information visit the Trash Hero Phuket Facebook page

Mid-term Break Notice: There will be no transport organised by the school for our Duke of Edinburgh students to join the Trash Hero beach clean during the Half term break.

After the Half term break transport will resume to a maximum of 2 Trash Hero clean per month. Please keep an eye on the weekly updates for more information.


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