On the 22nd – 24th March, after a term of extremely intense training, the military skills team from the army section deployed on the 11X Military Skills Competition, an annual competition open to schools and cadet forces across the South East Region.
Reveille was 0600 on Saturday morning and, after a quick ration pack breakfast, the team camoed up and prepared their battle faces for what was going to be an arduous day. The morning stands consisted of an obstacle course, patrol lane, section attack and a command task. The command task required us to build a bridge using only ropes and planks with a time limit of 20 minutes. Winchester managed to complete the exercise with only a few seconds to spare making us the only team in the whole competition to complete this.
The afternoon saw us move to the range to conduct the competitive shoot with the SA80 with iron sights up to 300 meters, which became tough as the wind began to pick up throughout the afternoon.
We were up at the same time on Sunday morning to complete the final and most difficult stands on the competition. First, we were tasked to observe and provide intelligence on an enemy base and, after that, we were briefed up to go on a search and rescue mission, searching for two downed pilots and to attend to their injuries.
The competition finished with a parade where the results were announced. Winchester placed 4th out of the 17 teams competing - an excellent result. I hope the team can return next year and win the competition!
22nd November 2020
The Royal Navy section of the CCF marked Trafalgar Day 2020 by collectively sending the message: England expects that every man will do his duty.
8th November 2020
A wintry Winchester was the perfect location for the boys' first introduction to bushcraft and survival skills.
5th December 2019
A team of ten boys in years 9 - 13 travelled to Stowe for the second Philosothon competition and, following an evening discussing philosophical problems with pupils from 15 other schools, were once again crowned the overall winners.
5th June 2019
On the eve of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Rear Admiral William Warrender CBE, Flag Officer Sea Training, inspected the Winchester College Combined Cadet Force.
4th April 2019
From the 28th – 30th March 2019, Winchester College and St Swithun’s School staged Fiddler on the Roof at the city’s Theatre Royal. Harry Robinson and Arthur Lyhne-Gold, pupils and performers, look back at the production.
3rd April 2019
Earlier this month, the residents of Phil’s took part in The Producers. Carson White, pupil, reviews the production.