The School’s Combined Cadet Force held its Annual General Inspection on Wednesday 7th May 2014.
The Reviewing Officer was Colonel Simon Diggins RRF who was welcomed to the School by the contingent’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Dominic Luckett. The Newcastle Drill Competition was judged by Warrant Officer (RSM) Fritz Albrecht. Due to the excellent weather, the parade took place as planned on the Quad with guests from both Mill Hill and Mill Hill County High Schools.
Turnout for the Newcastle Competition was high with 11 teams taking part, most of which with full squads. Credit must be awarded to those Houses who made a great effort to put teams together and in some cases train cadets from scratch. The Newcastle Shield was won by the McClure House squad ably led by the RSM, WO1 George Sheppard. This year a beautiful new trophy for the best Squad Leader, kindly donated by OM Noyan Nihat was awarded to Cadet Joshua Jackson from Ridgeway House.
The final parade was of an impressive standard. Both the victorious Newcastle squad and the Corps of Drums delivered marching displays and the Corps of Drums ended their musical performance with a superbly crisp routine. Colonel Diggins was very impressed and warmly congratulated all the cadets upon their performance as he addressed the contingent at the end of the parade.
Afternoon activities were undertaken by the Army, Navy and RAF sections and included jackstay, first aid, chart work, mast assembly, field craft, canoeing and rigging with a Laser 2000 kindly provided by the Welsh Harp Boat Station.
In addition, a march and shoot competition took place involving 10 teams. This comprised of a one mile lap of the school followed by a grouping shoot in the indoor range. The competition was thoroughly enjoyable for spectators and the effort delivered in the march and the standard of shooting by team members was commendable. The competition was won by the Mill Hill County High School team closely followed by Murray and Priestley Houses.
This year’s AGI was hugely successful and portrayed the Contingent in a very positive light. Such an excellent outcome would not have been possible without the support of those many parents and staff who helped ensure the delivery of such a high quality and rewarding event. We are extremely grateful to the cadets, staff and parents for their hard work and support, and to the inspection parties for their time, care and genuine interest in our contingent.
Major Anthony Norrington