Double award for action-girl Kate

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An 18-year-old Australian girl, currently on a six-month semester at Lathallan School, Johnshaven, has just been notified that she has successfully gained both the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Queen’s Guide Award.

Kate Millward arrived at Lathallan on February 1, after completing her education at The Scots School, Albury, New South Wales.

Kate finished Year 12, the equivalent of our S6, with six Higher School Certificates.

Kate says: “I always wanted to take a gap year and travel to broaden my experience and I am very much enjoying my time at Lathallan.

“I attend some classes and I am also working with the Prep School pupils and helping on the sports side. I have also played netball and tennis for the school.”

Kate is at Lathallan until the end of the summer term, but as an accomplished tenor drummer, she is to stay on in the area until October and take part in competitions with the Fife Constabulary Pipe Band.

Kate was put in touch with the band by a piping contact in Australia.

At home, Kate was a member of the Grade 1 Australian Championship Pipe Band and took part in the World Championships in Glasgow.

For her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, Kate did sailing and white water kayaking as her outdoor activity. Her skill was her tenor drumming and for the service element she worked as a volunteer with her school’s after school programme and Youth Council. She also did coaching in basketball, netball and tennis.

Kate has been involved with Guiding since the age of seven and has worked her way through all the awards.

The Queen’s Guide Award was in two parts. Gold Endeavour had an eight part syllabus, including leadership and service and the second part was a skill which was her drumming and a focus service under which she completed First Aid and Lifesaving courses and also did an additional 90 hours of community service.

When she goes home in October, Kate is to join Australian Defence Force Academy as a Naval officer cadet.

There will be initial training of a year, made up of six months at sea and six months new entry officer training, before she embarks on a degree course as part of the University of New South Wales.