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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Girls are an inspiration to others

Three students, Laurel, Louise and Dana, are on course to become the first female Officers (NCOs) in Cardinal Wiseman and St Benedict’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).


Three troops comprising 65 cadets deployed to Longmoor camp in Hampshire for three days in March; eleven of whom were from Cardinal Wiseman including eight female cadets. Over the course of weekend the cadets took part in a variety of activities including an Obstacle course and basic field craft. Some approached the dreaded Drill Test with the words of Captain Grant ringing in their ears, “Drill is a pill which should be taken twice daily!” On Saturday all enjoyed a field lunch of ‘Range Stew’ and Fr Thomas joined the troops on Sunday morning to hold Mass.

Over the course of the weekend the cadets gained many qualifications as part of the Army Proficiency Certificate and all deserve congratulations for their hard work and achievement.
The partnership between the two schools is flourishing and standards are being set extremely high, especially by three Wiseman girls, Laurel, Louise and Dana, who joined the first cohort from Cardinal Wiseman last year. They faced many challenges and when others gave up they continued. This has clearly been an inspiration to other girls at Wiseman and has clearly contributed to the increasing numbers of female students joining the CCF. If all goes according to plan Laurel, Louise and Dana will become the first female officers in Cardinal Wiseman and St Benedict’s CCF.
Thanks must also go to all Officers, Capts Finch, Grant, Oliver, Spivey and Towes; and Under Officers, Hartley, Sama, Brayne and Fullerton and especially to all NCOs