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CCF Inspection 2018

Thursday 4 October saw the St John’s School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) stand to occasion for their annual inspection.

 We were delighted to welcome Wing Commander Helene Gould to the School as the Inspecting Officer. Helene is currently the Commanding Officer of Sussex Wing ATC and formerly CO of Surrey Wing ATC.

The day began with the inspection of the Guard of Honour, made up of current Lower and Upper Sixth NCOs from each of the three sections.  During the inspection, Helene spoke to each pupil about their time in the CCF and the value it brings to their lives and education.

After a warming lunch, the cadets in the Lower Fifth started a round robin of activities, preparing them for their impending field day. Activities for the Army cadets included learning basic skills for living in the field, such as cooking rations, building shelters, packing kit and an introduction to the SA80A2 rifle. The RAF cadets were introduced to the history of flight and the basics of drill. Royal Navy cadets learnt about the rank structure, knot tying and enjoyed an introductory session in the rifle range.

Throughout the inspection, house teams completed for the House Drill trophy, with North House taking first place, East second and South third. The day ended with the inter-section gun run competition, with all cadets coming together to support their respective teams.

The RAF section won in fine style, ending a 12 year drought. Army finished second and the Royal Navy section finished well, in third place. We are delighted for all involved to have achieved another successful inspection, and our thanks go to Wing Commander Helene Gould for her visit.