St Peter's School
Tuesday 26 March
Thirteen cadets from St Peter’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) were awarded their berets last night at a special ceremony.
The ceremony marked the end of the recruit phase of the cadets training, where the cadets carried out a short drill demonstration, before being presented with their berets by Head Master Jeremy Walker.
Captain T Smith MBE, the School’s CCF Instructor, said: “The recruits have passed off after a new 33 week trial which has seen them complete all the recruit syllabus. This includes Drill, Skill at Arms, Map Reading and First Aid. The longer course has enabled the recruits a better understanding of shooting. This has enabled them to experience the indoor range, Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT), 25m Range and firing up to 300m at Strensall Ranges. They have also taken part in two field exercises and for the first time the best recruit Cadet Kong was also promoted to Lance Corporal.”
The cadets will now start preparing for their Summer Camp in July.
Monday 21 January
Pupils from St Peter’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) visited Strensall’s Queen Elizabeth Barracks on Monday afternoon for a mixture of marksmanship training and practical lessons in fieldcraft.
As part of their fieldcraft training the cadets were shown how they would be able to look after themselves and their equipment, move and observe without being seen and how to provide shelter for their unit in an outdoor environment.
In addition to their fieldcraft training, the unit was invited to practice their marksmanship on the 25m rifle range. Here they were able to practice the safe handling and use of a general purpose rifle while improving their accuracy of using such a weapon.
CCF provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their self-discipline and responsibility. It provides practical exercises that help improve their endurance and resourcefulness while encouraging them to persevere in often difficult conditions.
Oaken, one of the cadets, said: “Being part of the CCF is really enjoyable. It gives you the opportunity to do a mixture of practical activities that provide great hands on experience.” Navami, another of the cadets, added: “CCF is one of the more different activities that the school offers and it’s great at building confidence and working together as a team.”