Uniformed Services Schools Competition
Uniformed Services, Law & Criminology
At Itchen Sixth Form College, our Uniformed Services Academy students have been working hard over the last month to plan their schools competition, which was held at the college on Thursday 10 December.
Schools from the local area were invited to bring teams of eight, comprised of years 9, 10 and 11, to compete against other schools in a variety of activities throughout the day. Eight schools in total competed alongside the team from Itchen and twenty-two schools entered teams, showing the popularity of the competition. The activities throughout the day were supported by the Itchen Uniformed Services students as well as local public services, the police, army and fire service.
There were nine activities in total, with all activities apart from the obstacle course created and implemented by Itchen's students. The tasks often required the students to use teamwork, good communication and leadership, three skills vital to working in the public services.
There was a variety of fun and exciting challenges awaiting the groups. The police supported a task which involved students searching a suspicious vehicle for evidence of criminal activity. Nearby in the Sports Centre, students were racing against each other in an inflatable obstacle course, provided by the army. Also in the Sports Centre, students elected one member of their team to guide them, blindfolded, through a course including cones and camouflage nets.
Mark Hughes, Learning Area Manager for Uniformed Services, spoke very highly of the school teams he had seen competing throughout the day. He commented, 'We've seen outstanding teamwork today. All the teams showed an incredible amount of grit and determination.'
Student governors Connor and Lottie were very impressed with the day, praising the skills of the Uniformed Services students for 'organising the event so well'.
The efforts of both the student organisers and the school teams were recognised by representatives from the army and police force in the closing speeches.
King Edwards VI School emerged as the overall winners of the competition, with Wildern School and Swanmore College coming in second and third place retrospectively. All teams competed extremely well and excelled in a variety of different tasks.
Well done to all the schools which competed in the competition. A date for the next schools competition has already been set for 8 December 2016 and we look forward to welcoming even more teams for another fantastic day at Itchen Sixth Form College.