CCF Regimental Dinner
The CCF Regimental Dinner took place on Friday 8 November, with a number of different uniforms in attendance. The CCF welcomed guest of honour Captain John Voyce, RN who is the Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, the main training establishment for engineering in the Royal Navy in Gosport.
Captain John Voyce spoke about how the challenges the cadets take on in CCF are great preparation for their lives beyond school. He then discussed how important the quality of leadership skills are, and how important it is to develop the characters of those you lead. Finishing with a short piece about mental fitness and wellbeing, Captain John Voyce highlighted a quote from Epictetus “It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but the way in which we think about them, our interpretation of their significance. It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” Highlighting that if we have the ability to control the perception we have, we can improve mental wellbeing.
WO2 Steve Vine then spoke briefly about Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings and her impending departure from the school after serving 10 years as Contingent Commander.
A number of cadet prizes were presented and the St John’s CCF Eagle was donated by Lt Col Rawlings as a prize for individual recognition in the CCF for the person that 'SOARs' (Selfless commitment, Outstanding contribution, Amazing attitude and Resilience. This was awarded to Lieutenant Lucy Hems.