Army Puts Year 9 through their Paces!
When Year 9 assembled on the sports field to spend a day with the Army, we weren’t quite sure what to expect!
We started in an orderly manner with students organised into groups. The day began and consisted of a carousel of challenging activities designed to build team work and resilience.
Perhaps the most challenging activity was the climbing wall. Only the most courageous students climbed their way to the top and then abseiled down. Everyone was prepared to ‘have a go’, even some students who were scared of heights!
Students were introduced to army rations, how to build a shelter and a relay style problem solving activity. They had to work together to build a bridge and then ensure that water was passed effectively along the bridge. Crossing a ‘ravine’ also brought its own challenges when you have only a rope and 3 tyres to help you.
The soldiers we met were generous with their time and answered many questions about army life and their own experiences. We were particularly interested in stories of soldiers who had guarded the queen. Apparently she has been known to bring out a glass of water for tired soldiers in hot weather.
The day ended with a careers talk by Sergeant Hart. He was keen to convey the diverse jobs and professions available in the army from dog handling and engineering, to musicians and teachers. He emphasised that only 5% of army life involves combat.
Year 9 will look back on an exciting and informative day where challenges were met and strong, collaborative teams formed.