The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Sword of Honour Parade took place on the Cotswold astro under the watchful eye of the CCF staff and Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral) Mr Crispin Dawson, who ably slotted in to become the Inspecting Officer for the parade. The cadets from all three service sections showed resilience, discipline and character, enduring rain and cold winds for an hour stood on parade, and they should all be congratulated on such. After the inspection there were a number of awards presented to cadets.
The awards were as follows:
- The Adjutants Cup is awarded to the best Fifth Former held on strength and this year it was awarded to Cadet Lance Corporal Barnaby Harris (5th, H) of the RAF Section.
- The Nelson Bust is awarded annually to an Upper College Naval Cadet who has shown both commitment and high standards. This year the award went to Cadet Petty Officer Orlando Giuseppetti (U6, BH).
- The Anthony Nash Sword of Honour is awarded to the best Upper Sixth Cadet held on strength. It is awarded for leadership, commitment and demonstrating high standards within the section. This year the Anthony Nash sword of Honour was awarded to Cadet Coxwain Freddie Lyle (U6, S).
- The Rifles Bugle ‘Swift and Bold’ trophy is awarded to a member of the Army Section within Upper College. It is awarded for “doing everything that is necessary and nothing that is not”. This year Cadet Colour Serjeant Anna Birkett (U6, A) was the recipient of the award.
- The Rifles Sword of Honour is awarded annually to the best Upper Sixth Cadet within the Army Section. This year the Rifles Sword of Honour was presented to Cadet Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon Hazeldine (U6, H) who has displayed high standards and exceptional instructional qualities.
- The Battle of Britain trophy (“Chocks away”) is awarded to the best Upper College RAF cadet who has displayed loyalty and leadership within the section. This year the award went to Cadet Sergeant Yury Kovalev (U6, Xt).
- The RAF Sword of Honour was awarded for the first time. In future years the award will be known as the Cummins Sword of Honour after Lt Harry Cummins a former Cheltonian who was killed in action in the Dardanelles in 1915. The Cummins Sword is awarded for showing leadership, commitment and high standards within the RAF Section. This year the Cummins Sword of Honour was awarded to Cadet Flight Sergeant Alex Grutter (U6, Xt).
- The RGBW Sword of Honour is the highest award presented at CCF and one that very much reflects the high standards to which we expect our cadets to achieve. Recipients routinely display empathy, moral courage, resourcefulness and outstanding leadership qualities. This year the RGBW Sword of Honour was awarded to Cadet Warrant Officer Class 1 Antonia Stuckey (U6, Q).