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Silver success for dedicated Duke of Edinburgh students

Seven students who have shown grit, determination and commitment, were presented with the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award at Havering Sixth Form College last week.

The presentations, by Principal Paul Wakeling, were made during the Governor Development Conference, to students Alex Fidgeon, Austeja Grabauskaite, Ellie Irving, Ana Marques Roque, Jack Payne, Lucas Robinson and Ridima Thapa.

Paul said: “This is a prestigious award which celebrates not only their grit and determination in the Expedition element, but also their continued dedication in the other sections which have required prolonged commitment at a time in their lives when they have been very busy with their academic studies.

“The Expeditions were particularly challenging - some students faced cold weather, wind and rain, some got bogged down in knee-high mud, whilst others had to cope with extreme heat, yet they all finished with a positive outlook and smiles on their faces.

“This Award demonstrates some of those ‘good studentship’ qualities which are not always evidenced by academic qualifications; those of leadership, diligence, inclusive team-working skills, perseverance, the ability to find innovative solutions to sometimes complex problems, and self-confidence.

“These young people are a credit to the College, to their families and above all, to themselves. Their positive qualities will stand them in good stead throughout their lives, and they will, I am sure, remember their DofE days with pride.”

Paul also praised Duke of Edinburgh Leaders Pauline Morse and Brian Martin who have given up much of their own time to guide the students to success.

Pauline said: “It is really good to see the College recognising the students' achievements in such a tangible, meaningful way in front of all the Governors.”

The students were presented with certificates and badges.


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