The original plan was to involve pupils in outdoor survival cooking. But with temperatures hitting record highs, it was decided that lighting a fire might not be the best idea. But we still had a fantastic day. The Army brought along a portable climbing wall that our group and a couple of other classes got to use as a chance to challenge themselves.
Then the year 10 Food Skills group moved back indoors and got a hands-on experience of cutting whole chickens in the French style and making a Gurkha style chicken curry and rice. Head Teacher Mr. John and Deputy Head Teacher Miss Berry were invited along to taste the groups’ curries. Each group produced a well-made curry with their own twist. It was too close to call in terms of which was the best. All were enjoyed thoroughly by the students, staff and Army.
SSgt A P Dow went through with the pupils what a rations pack for soldiers comprises of. Discussing the producers of the foodstuffs that go into the packs, how soldiers use them in the field and the range of packs available, including vegan and Halal. The other soldiers discussed with pupils their experiences in the army, including travel and sport.
The pupils showed true grit with both challenges and really enjoyed the day. We would all like to thank the Army Outreach South West Recruitment team of SSgt Andy Dow, Gdsm Sergio White, Rfn Kris Smith and Cfn Luke Hills for coming along and giving the pupils an insight into what life is like in the Army and gaining new cooking skills. Find them on Twitter @Army Outreach SW