SCHOOL NEWS

Kelvinside Academy

THE school holidays got off to an energetic start for the CCF Army Section with their annual summer camp held in Crowborough, East Sussex

The journey there by coach took 10 hours but the consensus from the 48 cadets and six staff members who travelled was that it was worth it.

The fun-packed week included sailing, kayaking, raft building, orienteering, survival training, shooting, clay pigeon shooting, laser quest, paintball, assault course and course patrolling, section and platoon attacks.

The cadets had to pit their skills against the unknown English contingents on competition day. Tey won the map and compass and military knowledge events and were runners up in ‘The Cube’ and Survival. The ‘big one’, the march and shoot competition, involved an early rise at 5.30am as Kelvinside Academy had been allocated the first slot.

Despite the early start, the cadets produced the fastest time in the march and finished a close second to the overall winners, Sutton.

Andrew Jephson (2011) had a terrific final camp as RSM and finished the week with the usual emotional handover of the Pace Stick to the RSM elect Fraser Wiseman (S6) and the final march off parade of the outgoing Senior Cadets.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Silver Award Expeditions

30 pupils, supervised by six members of staff, recently tackled the challenges of the Gold and Silver DofE Expeditions in the spectacular Knoydart. Camping wild at Barrisdale, Sourlies and Glen Kingie.

Despite the wet Scottish weather the groups enjoyed a pleasant weather window of fine conditions. The tough route saw all groups negotiate two steep gradients, with full packs, in one of the most remote and scenic parts of Scotland.

There was a feeling of well-deserved elation, from all the groups, as they completed their 48km (Silver) and 85km (Gold) routes.