At TES we take pride in the academic achievements of our students, but we also recognise the importance of our co-curricular activities programme (CCAs) and how it can enhance the education of the ‘whole child’. It allows students to gain new experiences, offers them new ways to express themselves and allows them to interact with new students and staff outside the usual contexts of the academic classroom.

Students can choose new activities for each semester from a wide range of sporting, musical and teacher-run club activities. We have activities that run during lunchtimes and others that run after-school. Most of the sports offer our students a chance to compete in tournaments at the end of their respective seasons and our many music ensembles give students a chance to perform at various events during the school year. We try to keep our range of activities up-to-date with the trends, but most of our activities are well-established and hugely popular with the students (Model United Nations, International Award, Chinese Drumming, Chess, Problem Solving, Robotics with Lego, Debating, Classics, Film Making, University Survival Cooking to name a few).

What is the International Award?

The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all 14 to 25 year olds.  Originally set up by the Duke of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, the challenge is now undertaken by over 6 million young people worldwide.

The International Award is a voluntary and non-competitive scheme of sports, skills, community service and expedition based activities which bring great benefits to the young people involved.

The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own Award Programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

Young people who do the Award:

  • Discover what they are made of

  • Make an impact on their community

  • Build confidence and responsibility

  • Develop a set of life, personal and social skills.

  • Most of all, they have fun!

    Who can do the award?

    At TES, the award is open to students in H1, H2 and H3 by application.  There are three different levels of the award programme, each successive one requiring a greater degree of commitment and time to complete:

    BRONZE is for ages 14 years and over. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 26 weeks.  Participants will generally begin this level in H1.

    SILVER is for ages 15 years and over. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 52 weeks.  Participants who have completed Bronze may complete this level within 26 weeks during H2.

    GOLD is for ages 16 years and over. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 78 weeks.  Participants who have completed Silver may complete this level within 52 weeks during H3.

    It is possible to start at any Level – some participants work their way through all three, while others start at Silver or Gold.

    How does it work?

    To gain an Award, participants must complete an average of one hour per week of activity in each of three sections for the specified minimum period of time.  After suitable training, they must also undertake an Adventurous Journey.  There is an additional requirement of a Residential Project at Gold Level.  Participants decide what they would like to do for each of the following sections:

  • Skill – to develop personal interests, creativity or practical skills

  • Community Service –  to learn how to give useful service to others.

  • Physical Recreation – to take part  in physical activity to improve performance

    At TES, the expedition training for the Adventurous Journey takes place during Co Curricular Activity (CCA) time after school.  All of the outdoor journeys occur over weekends throughout the school year.  Students are also free to choose from several of the other CCAs offered as part of their award scheme to fulfill requirements for their Skill, Community Service and Physical Recreation. 

What does it Cost?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme has a registration fee at each level of the award to cover the cost of the On Line Record Book system, which is required to track progress and submit approvals for each section.  This is paid after signing up on the on line system and must be paid before attending any trips.

There are also additional costs for the trips to complete the Adventurous Journey section of the award to cover the transport expenses, campground fees and camping supplies.  Participants may need to purchase some basic personal camping gear (suitable rain wear, footwear, backpack and sleeping bag) and within a group be responsible for any food needed to safely complete the expeditions.  Participants will also need to bring some money for personal purchases.    


For further details please contact Mr Rob Neroutsos, IA Coordinator at



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