Longhill Cadets Visit Blind Veterans

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Students from Longhill’s Combined Cadet Force spent a morning recently with the blind veterans of nearby Ovingdean.  Blind Veterans UK have several centres throughout the UK, one of which is the art deco-style, purpose-built centre which overlooks the sea at Ovingdean and is a well-known local landmark.

Longhill cadets, along with Headteacher Kate Williams, joined the blind veterans for their annual Remembrance Day service, before meeting them more informally afterwards for refreshments and a chat.  It was an ideal opportunity for our young people to meet some of the older generation and to hear first-hand about some of their experiences.

Here are what some of the cadets had to say about their visit –

“I felt that it was very interesting talking to the veterans and it was very nice to pay our respects.” – Anthony, Yr 11

“I thought it was really good because it was interesting to hear the veterans’ stories.” – Will, Yr 9

“Great experience; nice to see the inside and have a talk with the veterans.” – Ezme, Yr 11

“Amazing time.  Got to see people that were previously in the army and got to hear their amazing stories.” – Leah, Yr9

“Good experience.  Got to meet very interesting people who were in the army.” – George, Yr9

“I enjoyed talking to the veterans and hearing their stories.” – Billy, Yr 9

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) has contingents in secondary schools all over the UK, which offer young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities.  The aim of the organisation is to enable young people to develop personal responsibility, self-discipline and leadership skills.

If any Longhill students would like to come along to give it a try, please see Mr Pringle or Mr Tester.  CCF runs after school every Thursday on the patio area at Longhill – all students are welcome!

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