ThisSeptember saw the annual Royal Logistics Corps Inter-house Cadet Competition take place at Dean Close School. For the third time cadets from All Saints Academy (ASA), our Cadet Expansion Partnership school joined in the highly competitive event. Teams were put through their paces with a range of mental and physical challenges throughout the day such as a Drill competition, command tasks, Field Gun Run and swimming activity. All were engaged and judging by the loud level of encouragement from each other, all enjoyed the day. There were some senior Military staff on hand to witness the activities and hand out the prizes at the end of the day. Fawley House, were victorious, winning both the Drill Cup and the overall competition winners. ASA were narrowly defeated in the Drill Competition and Field House the overall competition and both took home runners up medals. Colonel David Carson, Brigadier Steve Hodder, Old Decanian, Lt Eddie Brecht and The Warden of Dean Close, Johnathan Lancashire were on hand to present the silverware. Following these presentations there was a symbolic parade to officially recognise ASA CCF as its own independent unit. Sergeant Poppy Slack led the ASA flag party to collect their Union Flag and CCF Banner which was presented by Sergeant Henry Hick.
The evening saw a joint Mess Dinner with a top table of guests including Brigadier David Short CBE from the Combined Cadet Force Association who spoke about the impressive start that ASA had made and the benefit that engaging in the Cadet Forces has for the school and the individual. The Head teachers and cadet staff from Both ASA and Lakers school (Coleford) were also in attendance as Lakers has also recently joined the Cadet Expansion Partnership with Dean Close. CSjt Ross Haines spoke clearly about his expectations for the Corps and his understanding of the key values being a cadet brings. OD Lt Eddie Brecht spoke humbly to the cadets of the dual role of Warfare and Welfare that he had not imagined he would have been expected to balance, when he left the school just five years ago.