Since September 2009, Coloma students have joined forces with cadets at Royal Russell School for weekly meetings of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
What is the CCF?
The CCF Contingent is a voluntary School activity and youth organisation. Cadets follow a one year course in basic cadet training and then in Year 10 opt for either the Army or RAF Sections. Weekly parades are held on Monday evenings between 7pm and 9pm at Royal Russell School
Skills and Qualifications
By Joining in with CCF activities Coloma pupils benefit not only from the fun and enjoyment they provide but also from the opportunities to acquire life skills and qualifications such as in First Aid.
The regular activities of camps, courses and expeditions are excellent at building confidence and enhancing personal development and reflect well Coloma’s ethos with their emphasis on commitment, responsibility and teamwork.
At commencement Cadets follow a one year course in ‘Training Squadron’ where they participate in a range of military-style training activities such as drill, fieldcraft and weapons training. Students also have the option to attend annual camp on a military base and to take part in other local and national events.
In their second year of CCF, students choose between the Army and RAF sections of the contingent. Cadets have opportunities to fly with Air Experience Flights and those in the RAF Section can achieve gliding qualifications
All cadets follow prescribed courses relevant to their length of service and qualification level. Some camps (e.g. Annual Camp) are obligatory; but most camps, courses and competitions are optional extras, although cadets are encouraged to attend. Adventure training is an important component of the offering made and includes skiing, rock climbing, hill walking, kayaking and scuba diving.
Coloma are delighted to be continuing to join with the Royal Russell Contingent and pupils who wish to learn more about the CCF and its activities should contact Mrs Greenwood in the PE department at Coloma.