Rydal Penrhos holds ‘I’m A Cadet, Get Me Out of Here!’ with Year 8 CCF.
Year 8 pupils at Rydal Penrhos were treated to an end-of-term exercise that consisted of a series of round-robin challenges invented and led by the school’s Year 11 cadets from the Combined Cadet Force initiative.
All activities took part outside and were socially distanced, ensuring that the cadets not only had huge fun but were safe in their activities, which is part of Rydal Penrhos’ exceptional attitude towards COVID-19 regulations.
The exercise – which took on the theme of the popular reality television show ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ that was held at Gwrych Castle, was made up of the following challenges:
- A creepy-crawly camouflage stand
- The infamous rank rations/military knowledge quiz
- A demon drill display
- And a memorising memory test
The Year 8s were divided into four groups from their platoon spending 20 minutes on each stand trying to complete the challenges.
At the end of the exercise, they were given the final challenge of using a 24-hour Army ration pack to create hot drinks for everyone in their group and a hot meal – some were even spotted offering the cold staff a hot drink for extra points!
Captain Alun Brown, who leads the CCF provision alongside Sgt Phil Hilton, said: “All the cadets got fully involved and the visiting Cadet Training team from 160 Brigade Headquarters commented that this was the best intake of new recruit cadets they had seen for some time – well done Year 8.
“It was also an impressive display from the Year 11 cadets who had to adapt their stands quickly and efficiently because of the wet weather while still ensuring lots of fun in a COVID safe environment.
“They really enjoyed the leadership challenge of taking charge of the junior cadets and setting them the different challenges to complete.
“This was a fitting end to a challenging but rewarding term for the Army Section which has come through difficult restrictions and regulations.
“The Section has grown in numbers and the cadets have kept smiling throughout giving of their very best each week.
“Next term we look forward to offering more opportunities as we prepare for the day when the whole Army Section can parade and train together.
“The Year 11 cadets, who will start a Leadership and Methods of Instruction Course next term will be well prepared to lead their junior cadet sections when regulations finally allow.
“My thanks as always go to the Cadet Training Team staff for their advice and guidance, to our hardworking and very adaptable Rydal Penrhos staff, Mrs Coates and Sgt Hilton, and of course our brilliant Army cadets.”
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