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Whole Day Enterprises 2019
Whole Day Enterprises – 14th October 2019
This term’s Whole Day Enterprises once again involved a busy mix of visitors to Canford and pupils going offsite spending an entire day, or the whole weekend, engaged in group challenges, outdoor activity and community action work.
Thirty-nine cadets from the Army and Marines sections of the CCF braved wet conditions on exercise overnight in Lulworth patrolling into “enemy territory” and getting a lesson in army rations. Section attack and map reading skills on day 2 were rounded off with the legendary river patrol! Meanwhile the Royal Navy section of the CCF was in Portsmouth, staying overnight on HMS Bristol in addition to developing their naval skills, undertaking the challenging assault course and mountain biking. Pre-Gold DofE training and a DofE Bronze expedition took place in the New Forest, eight pupils were in the Purbecks walking, camping and kayaking, fifteen pupils enjoyed Clay Pigeon Shooting in Blandford, twenty-four pupils visited Parkour in Poole and the Purbecks to develop their climbing skills and technique, whilst others improved their survival skills in a local wood.
Seven pupils took part in preliminary diving in the pool for the PADI Open Water course which starts in earnest in early November, while fifteen Fifth Form pupils undertook their RYA Level 2 Powerboating (Inland) at the Spinnaker Club, Ringwood. Despite the poor weather for every session the powerboaters remained cheerful and congratulations go to them all on completion of their course.
Other activities included a History talk for the local community and Shells taking part in a whole day Crystal Maze activity including a blindfold assault course and human chain and a quiz around Canford.
All these activities took place in addition to the regular Monday afternoon community action projects, with pupils out and about in the local area helping at hospices, charity shops and schools, plus the popular Bridge Club held in the Old Library.
All in all, it was another varied, challenging and rewarding Whole Day Enterprises for Canfordians involving many members of the wider community.
Dr David Neill, Deputy Head Co-Curricular, commented:
“Whole Day Enterprises runs twice a year and gives our pupils the opportunity to develop their leadership and teamwork skills, support the community and in some cases gain additional qualifications. Every pupil is involved in some way, building a positive spirit of inclusivity both within the school community and with our local partnership links.”