On Saturday, 13 intrepid RAF cadets completed their mandatory lateral flow test and embarked upon a two-hour minibus journey to RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire to compete for the Air Squadron Trophy competition.
Upon arrival, we met with the Maidstone Grammar School team who were also competing in the competition on the following day. The cadets unpacked their belongings and spent the evening meticulously ironing kit, polishing boots and bulling parade shoes.
Sunday morning arrived and the team nervously attended breakfast in the Maitland mess, they then travelled across to the second site for the gruelling competition ahead. There were 15 schools taking part and seven stands to overcome: first aid, drill, RAF knowledge, aircraft recognition, command task, shooting and a micro-helicopter course. The cadets worked hard at every stand; their preparation served them well, particularly the flashcards produced by Freddie Lee (Fourth Form)! They kept up their enthusiasm throughout the very long day and team morale was high.
At the final parade, prizes were awarded for the best in stand and we were thrilled to receive the award for the best Shooting team. The cadet’s overall position was sixth, a fantastic result and a section best in this competition. Congratulations to all the cadets for their dedication to the section, giving up their time in School and at the weekend, we are all immensely proud of all of your achievements.