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Strode’s College student still on target to achieve DofE Gold, despite lockdown

The entire country being put on lockdown has not held back Strode’s College student Tara Alkattan in her bid to achieving the Duke of Edinburg (DofE) Gold Award. While staying safe at home Tara’s commitment and determination to continue the highly regarded programme has seen her successfully continue with all three skills elements of the Award. Impressively, she is still on schedule to complete the programme by the end of the academic year.

The five sections of the Gold DofE Award are volunteering, physical, skills, an expedition and a residential. With the aid of both her imagination and technology Tara has successfully continued the three skills element of the programme which are online Arabic lessons for children (volunteering), online personal training sessions (physical) and online piano lessons (skills).

Commenting on her achievement Lawrence Chitty, DofE Co-ordinator at the College said: “Right from the outset Tara has been singularly determined to successfully achieve the Gold Award. Despite the restrictions that lockdown has imposed, Tara has shown her initiative to convert her skills, volunteering and physical activities section so that she can continue with these at home. Achieving Gold is very demanding and she has shown enormous commitment and resolve to overcome the obstacles presented by the restrictions imposed to control covid19. To get to this stage she has demonstrated resilience, initiative and an imaginative application of her IT skills. These are all highly valued skills which will contribute to her employability which is exactly the purpose of undertaking the DofE.”

Strode’s College runs a successful DofE programme as part of its enrichment activities. Each year several groups of between five and eight students each sign up to complete the Silver or Gold Award. The Awards are highly regarded by both universities and employers. Skills and attributes such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive are all valued for their contribution to CVs, university and job applications.

Lawrence Chitty concludes: “At the best of times completing the DofE alongside the demands of sixth form study can be an enjoyable challenge. To continue the programme under the current circumstances shows a whole new level of ingenuity and commitment so Tara’s unwavering resolve is really very impressive indeed.”

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