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School competition instils pride

Outstanding examples of friendly competition, leadership, camaraderie and teamwork were on display today at the fourth annual Lord Lieutenant of Kent’s Inter-school’s challenge, organised by Challenger Troop CIC with the support of the Royal School of Military Engineers (1 RSME Regiment).

On 12th July, nine schools from across Kent and Medway came together to compete for the coveted Lord Lieutenant of Kent’s Inter-schools trophy. Teams of 10 students from KS3 tackled 10 different types of challenges designed to develop team spirit, test courage and stamina, build communication and teamwork skills.

All teams had to complete each challenge in a set time and were scored on the result. Assessment was based on overall team performance; effort, participation, team-member engagement, leadership, communication, teamwork and completion of the task in the time allocated were all taken into consideration.

Competition winners ….

After a full day of gruelling and testing challenges, which all teams tackled with determination and focus, Rainham Mark Grammar School saw off all the competition to become this year’s proud winners. They were presented with the trophy by Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven, representing the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle.

The runners up, Team 1 from Gravesend Grammar School, were presented awards by the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Stuart Tranter and awards for the Most Outstanding Individual Team-Member’s Contribution to the Team and Task were presented by The High Sheriff of Kent, Mrs Kathryn Smallwood.

In addition, a ceremonial plaque was presented by 1 RSME to Team 2 from The Howard School for completing their Tower of Hanoi Challenge in the fastest time.

Winners RSME LLK 2016

The spirit of the Armed Forces Community Covenant

Jo Blackwell, Director of Operations for Challenger Troop, said “This event is very much in the spirit of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, where local communities come together to support the Armed Forces community and encourage activities which help to integrate this into local life. As a provider of uniformed youth leadership and engagement programmes, we see on a daily basis how the values and standards of the Armed Forces can help and support disengaged young people in our community. Today we have seen some outstanding examples of leadership, camaraderie and teamwork.”

Working together

Strong sense of pride and achievement

Some of the teachers told us “Thank you very much for having us! The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and have already told next year’s Year 10 that they will love the day.”

“Thank you very much again, we thought the day was brilliant; very well organised and the activities were great.”

“Thanks once again for a great day, the boys really enjoyed themselves and I think surprised themselves with how well they did. The activities were interesting and challenging and all of our boys enjoyed the experience.”

“Tuesday’s Inter School Challenge was a huge success and our boys along with many other students from a variety of local schools came away feeling a strong sense of pride and achievement.”

Fort Pitt Girls teamwork

Our thanks go to all 

  • The schools who competed – the students for giving it their all and the teachers for their unwavering encouragement
  • Those from 1RSME who provided military style fitness challenges and command tasks and gave the participants a tiny taster of military style training and the standards required
  • The VIP guests who helped make the event so special for the participants
  • Those who worked behind the scenes to ensure the event was such a success

We are already planning next year’s event to be bigger and better! so watch this space. 2017 date will be announced soon.

More photos will be uploaded to our Facebook page 


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Posted: 14, July, 2016
by Kevin Campbell

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