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Sharon Daniel, Girls' Division pupil

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Skills Developed on Army Leadership Afternoon

Monday, 18 April 2016

The Year 10 boys spent an afternoon with the Army North West Outreach Team developing skills such as teamwork, leadership, resilience and problem solving. The pupils were divided into small teams and rotated through a carousel of activities throughout the afternoon, each one designed to challenge them in a different way.

The activities included logistical challenges, such as moving the whole team from one ‘safe’ point to another using two planks when the gap between the two was longer than either plank, navigating kit and team members across a ‘minefield’ using planks, retrieving a container from the centre of a circle using only two ropes, and carrying one of the army officers across a restricted area on a stretcher. The boys had their endurance and agility tested in a fun challenge that had them transporting and erecting a cannon as many times as possible in the given time limit, and they tried their hand at rock climbing.

The boys also learned more about life in the army: they looked at all the equipment and kit that soldiers must carry with them, and one pupil in each team got to put all of this on to feel the weight.

The afternoon allowed the boys to have fun while also working on their soft skills. The qualities developed through the activities undertaken on the Army Leadership afternoon will be important as they progress through school life and into the future. The afternoon was organised as part of the School’s careers programme.

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The boys had fun attempting the different challenges

The boys had fun attempting the different challenges

Building a bridge from two planks

Building a bridge from two planks

The team-building activities helped to develop soft skills

The team-building activities helped to develop soft skills