Students rise to the challenge at RAF base

Members of RAF Boulmer's youth activities team gave Berwick Academy students an activity-packed day when they visited recently.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 10 December, 2016, 06:28
Berwick Academy, YAWG Event,

The Year 12 students are completing a Level 3 subsidiary diploma in public services.

The visit gave the eight students the opportunity to develop the skills needed in the uniformed services and the world of work.

The students started their day with the mobile team challenge – a series of tasks designed to help improve decision-making, problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.

Working as a team to overcome challenges, the students realised the importance of appointing one leader to take control and orchestrate a successful outcome to the task.

The students then spent some time in the sports hall, seeing how they measured up against the RAF fitness test and later had a series of talks about life within different trades in the RAF.

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Berwick Academy teacher, Mike Hope, who runs the public services course and accompanied the students, said: “This was a golden opportunity for the students.

“They have been inspired and motivated to expand their horizons and challenge themselves.

“Throughout the day their minds were focused. They loved the experience and it has helped to build their confidence.

“Following on from last year’s event, three of our pupils have been inspired to join the Royal Air Force, one as an engineer and two as RAF policemen.”

Mr Hope added: “I am so grateful to the RAF Boulmer team for giving up their time to provide such an impressive day.”

It is the second year in succession the school has visited the base.