Outward bound online
Although unable to meet in person at present, Westminster City School's outward-bound students have been connecting online during lockdown.
Westminster City School has had an Army Cadet Force Unit for over one hundred years, with participants normally meeting weekly to parade on our playground. Although this is not possible at present, due to lockdown restrictions, our Army Cadet Force has been meeting online each week to continue training, making use of a range of virtual activities provided by the Middlesex and North West London ACF.
Westminster City School history teacher, Mr Drew, who supports our Army Cadet Force, explains: “This month, our cadets will take part in the 'Escape From Azkaban' escape room, hosted by the Sector Training Team. In addition, after such a cold and dark January, we are encouraging our cadets to get outside and keep fit. They have been challenged to cover as many miles as possible before March and, by using fitness trackers, we are able to compete with all other cadet forces nationally.”
Alongside these activities, our School’s Army Cadet Force have successfully begun the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme, with 20 students challenging themselves with fitness goals, learning new skills, and volunteering in their community. Many are helping charities and churches in their local area, while others are learning new IT skills like coding, and most are using running and cycling to stay healthy.
Mr Drew added: “After the February half-term, our cadets will begin learning the skills they need to take themselves orienteering, which we hope to do before the end of this academic year.”
For more information on joining our School's Army Cadet Force, please contact Mr Drew. Our picture, above, shows our Army Cadet Force in November 2019, before attending a Service of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.