Tuesday 16th March 2010 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Kate Goodfellow has received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the first of our cohort of students to receive the accolade. She has already received her Gold Award badge and will receive a certificate from the Duke of Wessex at St James's Palace later this year.
Kate started the award scheme at 14 and, having secured her bronze and silver ones she had to put in many hours of service, skill and physical recreation to gain the top level. For the service element she was a young leader at her local Beaver Colony and she learned Mandarin Chinese with Miss Tan last year as a skill. She took part in the Gang Show at Kettering and that counted towards her physical recreation. Her residential consisted of the Ocean Explorer trip when she sailed in a tall ship from Spain to Portugal with the Scouts and her final component, an expedition, took place when she and others from Brooke Weston spent a week in the Lake District in October.
Kate said: 'I really enjoyed doing the scheme and it looks really good on your university application. Ocean Explorer was an amazing experience but the main things I enjoyed were the amazing expeditions because we all got thrown in together. It's hard and tough but it's just good fun. It encourages teamwork, gives you more motivation and makes you manage your time. Without the support from the rest of my team and teachers I would have never completed the expedition so I'd like to thank them.'