Inaugural inter-house drill competition
Ben Harris

As a new venture this year, the CCF and music department collaborated to develop a new inter-house competition, the result of which contribute to the overall Bulls Head trophy, presented to the house at the end of the academic year with the most inter-house competition points. Each senior house was tasked with demonstrating a range of pre-prepared basic and complex drill movements in time to music performed by the concert band. The six senior houses provided a team of 12 cadets and were given three weeks to prepare, which was particularly challenging as Year 10 and 11 had only received, at most, two hours of drill instruction.

To the beat of 'Liberty Bell', the first CCF inter-house drill competition marched it’s way through sleet and snow onto the Flat and into the only dry spell of the afternoon. Each House delivered a well-prepared series of movements to demonstrate confidence and composure under the rigorous scrutiny of our experienced adjudicators, WO2 Scott and Flt Lt Fitzgerald. More intimidating for participants were the eyes of other cadets, peers, and members of staff assembling an audience and providing a competitive atmosphere. The pavilion on the Flat became a Tower of Babel as the marching NCO’s bellowed their commands and teams stamped their attention, turns and salutes.

The adjudicators looked for rigid teamwork which can only be achieved with clear command and individual confidence, and this was seen in high volume from all houses. Strong performances came from Paley and Style, but for their consistent uniformity in all movements, Carr was the unanimous choice of the adjudicators as the winning team. CSgt Foely Smith collected their prize from the Headmaster before CSM James Gaynor marched the parade off the Flat to celebratory Christmas music from the fantastic concert band.