This week saw a team of Ashfield Post 16 Centre’s Uniformed Services students travel to RAF Wittering to compete in their annual challenge cup competition. This is the 3rd year of the faculty competing in this event – the first year they came away with one trophy, the second year with two … and this year they brought home three!
The first trophy came in the 1.5 mile squad run, where the Ashfield team stayed together for the entire run, setting them apart from other teams. In addition, Ashfield student Courtney Cole not only helped the team to victory (she also managed a Personal Best for the run). Speaking of the experience, Courtney said, “As a participant in the RAF Challenge Cup, I have definitely learned many things through leading parts of the competition and taking part in different activities. One element that I enjoyed the most was getting together as a team and helping each other out when we needed help. The RAF Challenge Cup is worth participating in, I enjoyed every minute of it and learned a lot.”
The second trophy was awarded to Luke Heffernan, who was cited by two of the Physical Training Instructors for his leadership and motivation of the squad.
The final trophy was won in the Public Speaking Competition, where each competitor had to contribute on the subject of Regiment Gunner. Two RAF Officers, who acted as judges, graded students on their introduction, voice tone, delivery, image, language used, confidence, content, conclusion and timing. The presentation was to last for 5 minutes…and the Ashfield Team finished in 5 minutes exactly, to the second!
The students, who joined Ashfield Post 16 Centre from a variety of different schools including Selston High, Frederick Gent, Manor Academy and, of course, Ashfield School itself, were superb ambassadors for the Post 16 Centre, making the accompanying teachers, Ms Julie Taylor (Head of Uniformed Services) and Mr Greig Thompson, incredibly proud! Ms Taylor said, “The students’ positive attitude, behaviour and discipline were exemplary; the success they achieved was well-deserved given the commitment they have shown in preparing for the event.”
But final word must go to Thomas Berry, who said of the whole experience of being a Uniformed Services student: “This course is everything I expected it to be and more! I thought it would be great and it’s brilliant – helping me towards my career in the RAF as Aerospace Systems Operator”.