The whole school was involved in the intensive CCF overnight followed by Field Day and Service Day where every single Fettesian and member of staff undertakes a full day out of class to learn new skills and assist our local community.
Our entire 4th Form completed their first CCF overnight exercise within the school grounds, with cadets from 5th Form and L6th joining them the next day to take part in CCF Field day. The remaining 5th Form and L6th students (CCF is not compulsory after 4th Form) took part in some useful community volunteering opportunities.
CCF Overnight and Field Day:
After a rather sleepless night for our 4th Form, the Cadets woke up in Kimmerghame Woods, packed away their equipment and headed to the Cricket Pavilion for a well-deserved breakfast serviced by Mrs. Harrison and Lt. Gausinet .The Field Day officially began with an incredible Police Dog display with our cadets witnessing the incredible control and training that goes in to working with the dogs.
Field Day continued with a rotation of different team-building exercises run by Fettes CCF staff, external military guests and some local emergency services including:
- Military Intelligence - a code breaking challenge where the students had to work as a team and trust their logical thought.
- Communication Challenge - learning the art of clear and precise communication within a limited time window. Cadets were encouraged to use brevity and had to prioritise what was really essential.
- Emergency Incident Management - Cadets were faced with a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) and introduced to the management of the area, casualty triage and sensible decision making.
- Police Scotland – an insightful presentation on the challenges faced by Police Officers and the equipment they have to deal with these situations.
- Paintball Stand - Cadets had the chance to work as a small team firing at targets dotted around KI wood, a Cadet favourite!
- Military Tactics - Soldiers from the Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry introduced the Cadets to specialist equipment and the various types of observation equipment that would help soldiers find items amongst a busy landscape.
The Field Day was a busy day for the Cadets and they scratched the surface of many new and exciting activities that are common place within the Combined Cadet Force.
Our 5th Form and L6th students were given the opportunity to undertake some very useful volunteering opportunities throughout Edinburgh including:
- Supporting Macmillan Coffee Mornings at local Prep Schools and at the Western General
- Shadow doctors and nurses in wards at the Western General
- Visiting Hopetoun House with Green Scotland to renovate parts of the woods
- Cutting back invasive salmonberry on Corstorphine Hill
- Potting and replanting shrubs at the Newhaven Community Garden
- Spending time at Columba1400 helping to organise packs for their participants in leadership academies
- Cleaning and gardening at St Cuthbert’s Church
- Visited The Rock Trust to learn about the work that they do to improve the situation for many homeless people in Scotland
- Our DoE prefects spent time with Drummond International learning about values based leadership training and working out how they could have a positive influence on the service programme within school
The feedback from the placements has been very positive with longer term opportunities being secured due to the impressive work ethic and attitude of our Fettesians.
All huge thanks to everyone that took part in this day!