Monday, 24 April 2017
Boys’ Division pupils in Year 10 stepped up to the challenge of completing a series of ‘Command Tasks’ with the Army North West Outreach Team. They developed a wide range of skills including leadership and teamwork, problem solving and resilience as the afternoon progressed and they moved through the carousel of activities.
The tasks often tested the boys both physically and mentally. Challenges such as transporting their team across a ‘minefield’ and collecting equipment as they went, transporting the whole team across a series of platforms using planks that were not long enough to bridge the gap by themselves, transporting a stretcher and kit across a ‘pond’ and recovering items from the centre of a ‘minefield’ without entering it, among others, encouraged the boys to use logic to figure out a solution and then implement it.
Teamwork was a key focus of the afternoon and the tasks required the boys to work together to achieve their goals.
Pupils also had the opportunity to learn more about a soldier’s kit, try on certain items to find out what it is like to wear, and even run a race while wearing it. This was a good chance to ask questions and find out more about the realities of life in the army.
The Year 10 pupils thoroughly enjoyed facing the challenges set by the Army North West Outreach Team and tackled the tasks with enthusiasm. They had plenty of fun while at the same time developing vital skills that will stand them in good stead in the future.
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