Treorchy Comprehensive School

On a very wet and windy weekend in the Brecon Beacons, Treorchy Comprehensive School CCF became the first State school to win a Gold Medal at the prestigious and highly regarded 160 (Wales) Brigade Cadet Cambrian Patrol.

The Cambrian Patrol is a competition that demands a combination of military skill and knowledge with physical fitness endurance, leadership, teamwork and determination to achieve success.

It involves using navigation skills to negotiate a 25km course, visiting six checkpoints along the way which are used to test different aspects of the Army Proficiency Syllabus. The areas tested included first aid, section attacks and harbour drills, ambushes, giving orders and shooting.
Although the school entered the Junior Cambrian Patrol last year and gained silver, it was the first year to enter the senior competition which takes nine hours to complete. To come away with gold on the first attempt was an excellent performance and is a testament to the dedication and commitment the pupils at the school put into the programme.
Cadet Staff Sgt Catherine Lumby who was the Patrol Commanding Officer gave an excellent performance in the orders section and was given excellent support from Second in Command, Corporal Nathan Greening. The rest of the patrol consisted of Sgt Joshua Simpson, Corp Dominic Adams, Corp Thomas Campbell, Corp Leah Williams, Corp Daniel Vaughan and Lance Corporals Michael Edwards and Jacob Coleman.
The Junior Team competed on the slightly shorter 16km course and although they were unplaced, it was their first attempt and the experience will prove invaluable for future competitions. The Junior Team was made up of Corporal Matthew Roberts (OC), Lance Corporal Abbie Derrick (2ic) and Cadets Joshua Shakespear- Smith, Kyle Hart, Yasmin Carter, Jack Jones, Luke Wakeford and Jordan Jones.