School drill competition judged by former students
Friday 5th April 2019
Students at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover displayed their marching and presentation skills at the school’s recent annual inter-house Drill Competition.
Major Tom Collins (Royal Signals), Warrant Officer II Mike Owen (Royal Engineers), both former students (Dukies), and colleague Sergeant Shaun Heggie (Royal Engineer) judged the competition.
All pupils in Years 8 to 13 took part this term, representing their respective houses, and the entire school took part in a parade at the end of the day, led by the school's military band.
Marks were awarded in five categories: Inspection, Turnings, Quick Time, Slow Time and March Past. However, marks were deducted for any instances of dirty or poorly-pressed uniforms, loose belts, unclean brasses, grubby shoes, long or untidy hair, or incorrectly knotted ties.
Guest of honour Brigadier Niall Stokoe OBE, Head of the Army’s Information Services and a Dukie, presented the Drill Competition shield to Ayomide Adelusola, Junior Under Officer of the winners Wellington House. Holly Howell, Junior Under Officer of Clive House, received the Baroness Thatcher Sword of Honour for being judged best Junior Under Officer of the Year. Good conduct stripes for the best Year 8 student in each guard went to Skye Roser-Caddick, Carriad Pritchard, Tadi Mukome, Alexia Marjolin, Stilyan Eleseev, Reece Beaman, Isaac Lyon, Keifer Ige; Aadi Purja Pun.
Good conduct medals were presented to Prefect and Senior Under Officer Lewis Tanner, Chief School Prefect and Junior Under Officer Megan Woods, Senior Prefect and Junior Under Officer Samuel Russell, and Senior Prefect and Junior Under Officer Fiona Saunderson.
Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “Our annual Drill Competition brings the school together for the most hotly contested event of the year which celebrates our military ethos and history. When students join the school they become Dukies for life, and it was very pleasing to welcome back older Dukies who have become successful in their chosen careers to judge the competition.”