24 Harrogate High students recently took part in a five day training course at Strensall Army Barracks as part of the Healthy Living for Life programme.
In total here were 45 students from three different schools meaning that it was also a great chance to meet new people.
The days were a mix of great fun and hard work; each starting at 6am! The week started with the students making their beds the army way and put into ranks, followed by the dreaded 1.5 mile run known as the BPFA (Basic Personal Fitness Assessment). It was great for the students to know that they would have passed the initial stages of the recruitment process.
The rest of the days comprised of team activities such as field craft lessons, observation lessons, patrol and formations and a go in the shooting range.
One of the most exciting activities had to be the assault course consisting of climbing 10ft walls, crawling under nets, rope swings, and the dreaded water trap. This was followed by an afternoon of fun with a colossal climbing wall, inflatable bungee run and huge inflatable wrecking ball.
In addition to the daily inspection, football tournament and game of rounders the final day also included a pub quiz where the students had to remember everything they had learnt during the week. The week ended on a high and Harrogate High’s students performed superbly with three singled out for outstanding efforts and supportive and positive attitude. These students were Kyle Asquith, Sam Clark and Connor Oldaker.
Another huge success for the school and an invaluable experience for its students.