The start of term saw our new SSI, Lt Raynsford join the team and we soon had him diving head first into Cranleigh life with a Fourth Form team building afternoon. A baptism of fire for both sides.
This year’s leadership team under RSM Ben B. have got stuck in straight from the start and their enthusiasm has been infectious to other junior and senior Cadets alike with the main efforts of the term which was preparing for the Village Remembrance Parade. Nearly 100 Cadets took part in the parade, either as members of the School band, readings, escorting and carrying the standard or marching up the High Street led by the RSM and Headmaster. All were a credit to the School, Cadets and Cranleigh Village. I received many compliments about their bearing and drill from some of the estimated 3,000 members of the public.
The following week the band from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst came to visit the music department. They rehearsed with the musicians during the afternoon and then formed up on pick up astro with the Contingent. The Cadets got to experience what it is like to march with a full band. A fantastic experience.
The Upper Fifth have started the Method of Instruction course which they will complete in the new year. This will help develop their leadership and communication skills. Both important life skills which will help to give them confidence to teach the junior Cadets.
Ex Tiger Cub
The start of term saw some fabulous weather, right up until it was time to deploy on Ex Tiger Cub; with storm Babet forecast Cadets headed to a woodland near Crowborough. Cadets were instructed in how to put up their shelters and cook the rations by senior Cadets. Molly and Ella did a great job as all Cadets woke up warm and dry in the morning.
The next day’s activities included tracking, woodland navigation, fire lighting, camouflage and axe throwing.
In September Theo D. headed to Wales to take part in the National Target Sprint finals. He came a very respectable fourth place ahead of some very strong athletes. Major Money retained Gold in the Masters category. Next year Cranleigh School will be hosting the National final as well as our qualifying event.
For the first time we entered a team into the GB Schools Championships. Ozzy L., Emily R. and Scarlett G. took part in the 6yd standing air rifle match. The first round was the regional heats. During Long Leave we received the good news that the team came first in the South East, qualifying for the National final. All firers also qualified individually for the finals. All three shooters are in the top 20 of the GB rankings.
We look forward to next term where we have range days for junior Cadets, Target rifle training with the OCs at Bisley. South East military skills comp and Adventure Training in the Lake District.
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