year’s Oundle School Combined Cadet Force Adventure Training Camp took place
over the Easter holidays with fifteen pupils and five teachers travelling to
Snowdonia in North Wales.
Juliette Carmichael (15) commented, “When
we arrived at Capel Curig Training Camp, we set up our tents and got kitted up
for night orienteering, which was really exiting!”
the first day the cadets woke up early, had breakfast and kitted up to climb
added, “The view all the way up was
stunning, the two lakes in the middle were very blue (due to the copper in the
water) and looked exquisite in the sun. Only a few clouds were in the sky as we
were walking up. However as we neared the summit, the path was covered with
the cadets finally reached the 1,085 metre summit they couldn’t see much
through the thick cloud. However as the cloud parted the whole valley became
visible before them.
next day, despite the high winds and rain, the group went hiking again, this
time through the Elsi Forest.
remaining days were spent climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.
concluded, “Due to the traditional Welsh
weather (rain) we were unable to climb outside, but we travelled to an enormous
climbing wall (the Beacon at Caernarvon), which was one of the many highlights
of the week.
I am sure we all
agreed that the zip-wire was by far the best activity we did all week. We went
to the longest zip-wire in Europe (about 1.8 km long) and it was the most
amazing experience ever! We flew across an old slate mine with speeds up to
97km/h! It really did feel as if we were flying!”
organiser, Walter Holmstrom commented, “The purpose of the trip was to introduce/re-familiarise cadets with more
advanced Adventure Training skills than is possible to experience on a weekly
basis in Oundle and to apply them over a period of days rather than hours;
enabling them to experience a more remote and mountainous area and more
meteorologically challenging climate than is normally encountered in
Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about
90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the
21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
The School’s history dates back
to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers
and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar
School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided
the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants
of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In
2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by
its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation
as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still
renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science
complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now
embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well
as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the
Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the
development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering
and philosophically, enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will
upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years,
including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1100 pupils
on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the
Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children
aged 4 to 11.