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Royal National Lifeboat Institution Visit

Monday, 14 September 2015

Year 9 spent Monday afternoon finding out more about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The lifeboat crews and lifeguards who make up this charity have saved a least 140,000 lives at sea since the RNLI was founded in 1824, and this was an opportunity for the boys to learn about the history of the organisation and the vital work they do today.

Mr Tom Ridyard brought a D Class Lifeboat into the Riley Quad and gave a fascinating talk about the vessel. He explained that these smaller D Class boats do most of the rescue work, as they are able to get in close to the rocks and access shallow water. He also talked about the design and construction of the D Class Lifeboat and the different features that help rescue crews to save lives. The boys were amazed to discover that this type of lifeboat could be crewed by just two or three people, but can carry five survivors, plus as many people as could hold on to the outside of the boat.

The boys were also given a presentation about the RNLI charity by Mr Peter Charnock, and explored the range and type of rescues carried out around the UK via a film archive.

The RNLI visit was arranged as part of the Boys’ Division SPACE Programme, which is designed to provide the boys with timetabled curriculum enrichment activities. On one Monday afternoon each fortnight, boys from Year 7 to the Sixth Form are taken out of their usual timetable and given the opportunity to expand their learning beyond normal lessons through a range of activities.

During the same SPACE session, Old Boy Michael Yates spoke to Year 13 via a live link with Hong Kong! He talked about his career and his current position as Vice President: Market Strategy and Planning Greater China at Procter & Gamble. It was really exciting for the pupils to hear from someone currently based on the other side of the world, and thanks to the technology the boys were also able to ask questions and have quite an interactive session despite the geographical distance. Year 11 were simultaneously enthralled and enlightened by Dr Alexander Brodie, another Old Boy who is now a Nottingham GP. He talked them through various Men’s Health issues in an eloquent and informative style. Meanwhile, Year 7 learned more about the legacy of Lord Leverhulme and some of the history of the School.

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Some of the Year 9 boys with the D Class Lifeboat

Some of the Year 9 boys with the D Class Lifeboat

The boys were really interested to learn more about the RNLI

The boys were really interested to learn more about the RNLI