17/03/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Specially selected Manchester Creative and Media Academy (Girls) students travelled to Yorkshire for an interactive insight into Army life over February half term.
The second annual Army Look at Life residential at Strensall Barracks in York saw twenty two pupils learn about the Army lifestyle, careers and prospects via outdoor activities and presentation.
The girls had to pass interviews in order to gain a place on the course, which took place with serving soldiers on an active base.
These included a personal fitness test, paintballing, lessons in cooking on the field, camouflage and concealment, shelter and patrolling.
The girls also got to have a go at engineering, army drill, battlefield physical training, corps and training presentations and a night exercise.
Miss McKeown, PE teacher and organiser said the week was “challenging” and “action packed”.
She added: “The girls were separated into sections, mixed with students from the other school and given a section commander; every activity is marked and graded leading to one section winning the ‘Best Section’ award.
“Other awards were ‘Best Female’, ‘Best Physical Trainer’ and ‘Best Male’.”
Two students from the academy won an award. Tammy Stretch won ‘Best Physical Trainer’, while Abbey Marston won ‘Best Female’.