Uniformed Services Host Schools Competition
Uniformed Services, Law & Criminology
Itchen Sixth Form College’s Uniformed Services Academy welcomed nine schools into college as part of their annual Schools Competition on Thursday 8 December.
Pupils from St Anne’s Catholic School, Cantell School, Crestwood College, Woodlands Community College, The Gregg School, King Edward VI School, The Sholing Technology College, Chamberlayne College for the Arts, and Wildern Secondary School, all took part in a day filled with teambuilding activities related to the uniformed services.
Divided into ten teams, they were escorted to various stations around college manned by both Uniformed Services students and industry professionals, where they enjoyed a variety of fun-filled tasks. The tasks included:
- an inflatable obstacle course in the Sports Hall, run by the army;
- searching a dark room for illegal items, such as firearms or drugs, but only able to use a cup phone to communicate with half of the team outside the room – assisted by PC Cooper and PCSO Boyce;
- transporting a cup of water around an obstacle course in teams of three, where the person carrying the water is blind, the person shouting instructions can’t hear (or see the person they’re directing as their back is turned) and the person who can see everything can’t speak;
- working out which items would be most useful to survive a plane crash on a hill in sub-zero temperatures;
- cycling on an exercise bike for 15 mins straight, swapping people along the way;
- working in a team to collect coloured balls without touching the floor, moving benches to make their way across the Sports Hall;
- CPR training with Sholing and Bitterne First Community Responders.
The tasks involved elements of teamwork, as well as problem solving, communication and leadership, all key skills needed to work in the uniformed services.
The schools collected points throughout the day with a tiebreaker being an eight minute beep test. Wildern Secondary School came out on top, taking home the trophy, with last year’s winners King Edward VI School second and Crestwood College third.
The day was an excellent opportunity for both our local schools and schools slightly further out to come and have an enjoyable day packed full of activities, build relationships with each other and sample Itchen’s friendly, warm atmosphere.
Governor Colin Whitfield praised both the pupils taking part and Itchen’s Uniformed Services students for the day being a success, as well as giving some good advice: choose a career you enjoy.
We look forward to hosting the day again next year, as well as potentially seeing some of these students studying with us on our Uniformed Services course in the future.