Inter-house drill competition
Ben Harris

Following the success of last year’s inaugural competition, our Combined Cadet Force and our Music department joined forces for our inter-house drill competition.

Each senior house was tasked with demonstrating a range of pre-prepared basic and complex drill movements in time to music performed by the school’s concert band. The six senior houses provided a team of 10 cadets and were given two weeks to prepare, which was particularly challenging as Year 10 and 11 had only received, at most, two hours of drill instruction.

To the tune of the Regimental March of the Yorkshire Regiment, On Ilkley Moor, the teams marched on to The Flat. In silence they got on parade with a right marker before delivering a well-prepared series of movements, to Quincy Jones’ Soul Bossa Nova, to demonstrate confidence and composure, under the rigorous scrutiny of our experienced adjudicators, Flt Lt Fitzgerald, Lt Col Richmond and Chief Judge, Capt San-Jose.

The adjudicators looked for coordinated teamwork which can only be achieved with clear command and individual confidence, and this was seen in high volume from all houses. Carr, Paley and Shute performed strongly, but for their consistent uniformity in all movements, Style were unanimously chosen as winners. Cpl Eleanor Warburton collected their prize from the Headmaster before CSM Olivia Henson marched the parade off the Flat to celebratory Christmas music.