The Autumn term has been a very busy and successful term at Leeds CCF with participation in 16 events altogether. October saw a team of cadets pick up a Gold Standard medal for their part in the 4 Brigade Black Rat military skills competition; our shooting team did well in the Skill at Arms competition, coming third in the falling plates competition and helping to prevent the competition from making their usual clean sweep. Cadets have worked hard to prepare for these events with their regular attendance at Monday night parade and with their participation in range days and training weekends often braving the elements to do so.
In many ways, it has been a term of firsts – In November, Senior cadets attended Exercise Future Leader for the first time; our new stringent and challenging leadership weekend where they were tested and challenged on their abilities to negotiate, command others and complete complex tasks under pressure. Our recruits have had their first Beret Parade where they were welcomed into their chosen sections and most have had their first flight in the Grob tutor where they took control of the aircraft.
Leeds CCF cadets were involved in a total of four Remembrance events this year (2015), one of which meant that some of our DYCA cadets attended at The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Launch event in Leeds. We also joined the many who attended the Battle of Britain memorial service in York Minster.
The term ended with Recruits getting their first taste of Adventure Training when they went climbing at Harrogate climbing wall and then fun at Bradford Lazerzone.
And finally, double congratulations go to Geography teacher Miss Emily Prescott who has been commissioned and joins our Army section staff and who over Christmas got engaged.