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Cadets from St John’s and Southborough High joined forces to attend an army camp at Crowborough during the summer, for a week of obstacle courses and survival training.
31 cadets from St John's and 7 from Southborough were put through their paces on the first day of the trip during an ambush stand, where they learned the finer points of a platoon attack and perfected their stalking.
Day two saw survival skills and first aid training, before the temperatures soared midweek and the cadets were put through a lighter training regime of laser quest, paintball and archery. Training was called off at midday and cadets took the chance to cool off in a local swimming pool for the afternoon.
Thursday was competition day with the march and shoot starting at ‘0600’. Ellie Grove (Upper Fifth, Gloucester) proved her fitness was a match for all the boys, leading on the run and leaping over obstacles effortlessly.
In the second part of the competition, the outstanding Will Genzel (OJ, Churchill ’15) and the drill team led the field, before placing 3rd from 12 teams.
The cadets also shone in first aid training, with our team again taking third place honours. Chloe Carter (Upper Fifth, Haslewood) and Issy Hammersley (Upper Fifth, Haslewood) were both outstanding and proved to be good at triage as well as first aid. Both girls were promoted to Lance Corporal.
Sophie Salsbury (Lower Sixth, Gloucester), Zoe Elliott (Lower Sixth, Gloucester), Rene Spreeth (Lower Sixth, Haslewood), Robert Lynn (OJ, North ’15), Elliott Needham (Upper Fifth, Churchill) and Rhianna Hyde (Upper Fifth, South) also impressed and earned a well-deserved promotion to Lance Corporal. Ollie Hunt (Lower Sixth, North) shone in his military and leadership skills and gained promotion to Lance Sergeant.
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