March 5, 2006 - Congratulations to Captain Tony Lau, Captain Ben Udashkin and Lieutenant Greg Vandemark for passing Phase 2 of the National Star Test. They joined 102 other Cadets from across Central Ontario at Peel Regional Police Headquarters in Mississauga this weekend to complete their testing which included practical map and compass, drill and classroom instruction and bushcraft.
March 2, 2006 - Commanding Officer's Commendation certificates were presented to the following cadets at the final training parade of the year. Certificates are presented for the top mark on the final level test in each platoon for Red, Silver and Gold Star.
Platoon 3 –
Corporal Clark Rabbior
March 2, 2006 - Congratulations to the following cadets on their appointments and promotions:
September 18, 2005 - Hundred of pipers and drummers gathered from around Ontario on Sun Sept 18th, to march through the streets of Toronto to show support for Cancer Research. The parade began at Nathan Phillips and finished at Queens Park where his Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario addressed the crowds. Following the parade, our Pipers and Drummers gathered in the private chambers for a photo shoot with the Lieutenant Governor and were treated to a small reception.
Well Done to the Pipes and Drums for a fine showing!
September 15, 2005 - By Cadet Major Arthur Wong, Deputy Commanding Officer
"Good afternoon Andreans of the 142 St. Andrew’s Highland Cadet Corps,
Cadets has been a major part of school life since 1905 where every student is expected to participate in the program in one way or another. The corps training program runs throughout the year and its aims are to teach the star programme, conduct optional training opportunities, prepare for our Annual Inspection, and to encourage all cadets to participate in citizenship activities, physical fitness and to develop leadership knowledge and skills.
The Army Cadet star training levels teaches and practices the minimum skills and knowledge necessary to achieve the training objectives of army cadets. The programme is divided into five levels: Green Star, Red Star, Silver Star, Gold Star and Platinum Star. The Green Star program is designed for Grade 8s and is the first year of training in which cadets will be taught the basics and what it’s like to be a cadet. The Red Star program is designed for Grade 9s and involves the development of basic cadet knowledge. The Silver Star program is designed for Grade 10s and concentrates on the development of leadership and basic teaching skills. The Gold Star program in which Grade 11 cadets will perfect their instructional abilities and move into a leadership role. The Platinum Star is a newer program that allows Grade 12 students to take on leadership roles and provide training support for the Green, Red, Silver and Gold Star levels. Also, for those who wish to excel in their Star level training, we encourage you to challenge yourself in the National Star Certification Exam.
The Cadet program also provides optional cadet programmes for students to excel in certain skills. The corps offers the Pipes and Drums Training and Band program conducted by Gold Medallist Jim McGillivray and the Cadet Military Band under the direction of Captain Ringler and Ms. Chasson. We also offer extra programs such as Rock Climbing, SCUBA, Driver Education, First Aid, Marksmanship, Quartermaster’s Store staff, and the world renown Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Whether you are on parade, on an expedition, setting up a tent or playing the bagpipes you will all be placed in positions of responsibility and we hope that you gain valuable life skills, knowledge of yourself, and an awareness of your environment.
The Cadets program encourages the development of four core values; Loyalty, Professionalism, Mutual Respect, and Integrity.
I leave you with a quote from air cadet Tara Grisdale from the 826 Gryphon Squadron in Dundas, Ontario:
I encourage all of you to get involved and participate in as many programs as possible so that when you are in your final year you don’t look back and regret that you missed out on the large variety of opportunities.
September 12, 2005 - Cadet Corps kicks off 101st year with Senior Leadership program. The new Staff Cadet Instructors worked with Major McCue, Mr Ramon, Mr Service and guest instructor Kris van Wissen for a day of leadership training and theory.
Art of Facilitation, Effective Communication and Command Tasks were incorporated into some fun on the low ropes course. In the afternoon, the Staff Cadets reviewed the upcoming course training calendars and had a skills review to ensure they were up to speed.
A very successful start to what will be a very successful year.
September 15, 2005 - Congratulations to the following on their promotions and appointments:
Cadet Senior Course
September 15, 2006 - The Commanding Officer is pleased to announce the following staff appointments for the 2005-2006 training year:
March 7, 2005 - Congratulations to the following promotions and appointments:
September 28, 2004 - Congratulations to the following promotions and appointments:
Cadet Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Colonel
Gold Star Team
Platinum Star Team
28, 2004 - Congratulations to our 2002/03
and 2003/04 Pipe Majors,
Andrew Douglas and Matthew
Mitchell. They competed in "The MacGregor", the world's premier piping
competition for pipers age 21 and under, held last week at The Argyllshire
Gathering in Oban, Scotland. Andrew won the competition and Matt placed fourth.
Andrew also won one of the more significant professional piping events that day
as well. This followed hot on the heels of the
Simon Fraser University Pipe
Band placing a strong 2nd at the World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow.
Andrew currently plays with the SFU band, and Matt joins the band this fall.
August 15, 2004 - Congratulations to Pipe Sergeant Nick Leslie and Matthew Browning, who on Monday, August 9 performed with the Scottish National Youth Pipe Band in its annual gala concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The two pipers practised intensely with the band for two weeks leading up to the show after having spent the summer learning new material.
The S.N.Y.P.B. draws the best teenage pipers and drummers from across the British Isles to participate in the concert project, run by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and The Piping Centre.
The concert is the first major event during the
Piping Hot Festival leading up to the World Pipe Band Championships on August 14
on Glasgow Green. This marks the first time Canadian pipers have been invited
to perform with the S.N.Y.P.B.
June 7, 2004
- A hearty thank you and congratulations to the 60
cadets that volunteered their Sunday afternoon to take part in the
Provincial D-Day Memorial Parade and Service at Queen's Park in Toronto.
The other Cadets certainly were in awe of our Corps.
May 1, 2004 - Congratulations for the following achievements:
March 8, 2004 - Congratulations to the following promotions and appointments:
Cadet Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer Richard Reininger
Pipes & Drums
September 12, 2003 - Congratulations to the following
promotions and appointments:
July 2, 2003 - 142 St. Andrew's College Highland Cadet Corps drummers Lance Corporal Andy Dalrymple, Corporal Jon Tozzi, Lance Corporal Mike Ferguson and Cadet Cameron Healy (in photo) were joined by Lance Corporal Andrew MacDonald, Cadet Gordon Gray, Lance Corporal Tyler and Cadet Spencer Jackson, and Cadet Greg VandeMark for a weeklong intensive drumming camp during the 2003 Ontario School of Piping and Drumming held at the College.
July 2, 2003 - Congratulations to the following Duke of Edinburgh's Award recipients:
May 29, 2003 - The first 142 St. Andrew's College Highland Cadet Corps student pilot, Corporal Derrick Kocik, flew solo for the first time on May 27 at 6:00pm!!
Corporal Kocik has been one of the first four cadets participating in this new Optional Cadet Program at St. Andrew's.
8, 2003 - Not sure what to do this summer?
Two, three and six-week Cadet summer camps are available for Star
training, Pipes and Drums and Concert Band. There are also Marksmanship programs
available but positions are limited.
7, 2003 - The Pipes & Drums Band at St. Andrew's
College is seeking a student Band Manager as part of the Cadet Program
May 6, 2003 - Congratulations to all for a truly first class 98th Annual Cadet Inspection. Under sunny skies, it was excellent from the opening Chapel service to the dying notes of the Black Bear on the march off. There was a record attendance of proud family members, friends, and visitors, as well as quite a few photographers eager to capture the moment.
Well Done to all!!!
May 5, 2003 - After several years we've re-launched the Corps Website with a new look and design but with all the great information. The site comprising over 525 pages of resources and information in support of the cadet program at SAC. You can find just about everything you need to know about cadets at SAC on this site.
Make a point of visiting The History Section in particular with literally hundreds of pages of information about SAC Old Boys, Masters and Staff who served their country in the military including many with photos, excerpts from letters and citations from military honours granted.. A special thanks to former Cadet Adjutant Justin Linquist '96 for his assistance in researching material for this portion of the website.
25, 2003 - Faculty, staff, visitors and parents were treated
to a night of musical talent from all across the board on April 24, 2003. Held
in the Ketchum Auditorium, the 142nd Highland Cadet Corps, directed and produced
by Maj Brian McCue, Commanding Officer, presented a highly varied and
in tribute to the 48th, a black light
drum fanfare was played to the delight and awe of the
crowd. It is one thing to play the drums with one dominant hand, it is entirely
different thing to consistently switch dominant hand from left hand to right
hand, without a break in the drumming tattoo!
May 2003 - April marked a very busy month for the St. Andrew’s College Highland Cadet Corps, with the Annual Church Parade, Cadets in Concert, Headmaster’s Parade, and the Wellington Dinner all falling within two weeks of each other.
Friday, April 11, 2003 was the 10th Annual Wellington Dinner and Leadership Lecture. This event was held at the prestigious Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) in Toronto. The dinner was attended by over 60 senior members of the Cadet Corps including Cadet Officers, Senior NCMs, Cadet Instructor Cadre Officers and civilian instructors. c/Maj Brandham was Secretary of the Mess Committee and he organized the event as well as spoke during dinner. The senior Cadets also had the pleasure of listening to guest speaker LCol Tom Christiansen (US Army Ret'd). He gave a captivating lecture on leadership and responsibility, and shared some of his humorous war stories, providing comic relief to what was otherwise a serious topic. With his charismatic presence, the officers in attendance bombarded LCol Christiansen with questions. The tradition of the RCMI, quality of the dinner, and words of wisdom from LCol Tom Christiansen made for a truly memorable event and was a sign of things to come in this exciting month.
The Battalion only had to wait 13 days before the next Cadet event took place on Thursday, April 24, 2003, before a sold-out crowd in Ketchum Auditorium. This remarkable musical performance was the third Annual Cadets in Concert. The night saw everything from The Pipes and Drums to percussion fanfares, and Highland dancing to dynamic jazz tunes. With over 15 pieces drawing from both Middle and Upper School students, the multi-talented Cadet Corps did not disappoint! This musical extravaganza showed a different side of the Corps and highlighted the music program at S.A.C, including the Wind Ensemble and Stage Band. In the words of Maj McCue, "The only criticism I had was the show had to come to an end!"
On Sunday April 27th, 2003, S.A.C. conducted its Annual Church Parade at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. In contrast to last year’s rainy experience, this year’s Parade was blue skies and smooth sailing. The day kicked off with the Battalion forming up at Branksome Hall, and marching to the church to participate in the service. In addition to the 540 cadets in attendance, the church service was also unique with c/Maj Hugh Dowell and c/LCol Mitch Myers providing the readings. After the service, the Battalion formed up on Jarvis St. to march back to the west side of Branksome Hall where the parade came to a close. Having such beautiful weather and the Battalion in such fine form, spectators could not help but inquire about more events to come! Fortunately the S.A.C. Cadet Corps has not come to a halt just yet, with the Headmaster’s Parade and Cadet Inspection just around the corner!
April 2003 - From March 10 – 18, 2003, 31 history students in Grades 10 to OAC, chaperoned by Tony Myrans, David Stewart, and Major Brian McCue, made a trip of a lifetime to the battlefields of northwest Europe upon which Canadians fought and died in both World Wars.
As adjunct study to the Grade 10 and OAC Canadian history courses and the Grade 11 20th Century History course, the trip was the realization of planning begun almost a decade ago by Tony and Honorary Colonel Kingsley Ward, long-time members of the Board of Governors. Guided by Lieutenant Colonels Edward Rayment and Tom Christianson, experts on the Canadian battlefields, the students began their eight-day study at Pegasus Bridge on the Orne River near Breville, France. This bridge, made famous in the film The Longest Day, was the farthest left flank of the allied armies invading Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
A special moment of the Normandy tour came when the Mayor of the village of Le Mesnil Patry, liberated by Canadian forces in the first week of the invasion, thanked those valiant Canadians who liberated him and his village by inviting our students to a splendid dinner in the Town Hall and presenting our school with a hand painted china plate on behalf of its Council.
Along the way our group explored more than 30 war cemeteries scattered in farmers’ fields throughout France and Belgium, which brought home in a deeply personal way the enormous sacrifices of our forefathers in preserving the freedoms and lifestyles that we have today.
Perhaps the most significant moments of the trip, however, were the five wreath-laying ceremonies our group performed at the graves of fallen Andreans. The wreaths, in S.A.C. colours of red poppies and white flowers, donated by the S.A.C. Association and carried from Canada for this purpose, read simply "St. Andrew’s College, Canada.."
Check out Major McCue's Battlefield Tour Diary about this exciting Corps event.
December 16, 2003 - A new addition to the Cadet Optional Programs is the Air Studies Program. Cadets Cadet Andrew Cumming, Corporal Derrick Kocik, Master Corporal Duncan Kluwak, and Sergeant Clement Yau have begun work on their Private Pilot's Licence.
With ground school being completed at St. Andrew's under the direction of Civilian Instructor Jones, they travel to Buttonville Airport to fly on Wednesdays and Sundays - weather permitting. With our existing classroom technology, a flight yoke and pedals used in conjunction with Flight Simulator 2002 we are able to operate a time and money saving flight simulator.
Thursday, December 12, 2002 marked a very important day for 27 Cadets in the Battalion. These 27 individuals were all recognized at the COs Christmas Parade by means of promotion and appointment in the Corps. Out of the 27 Cadets who were recognized at the parade, 7 were recognized for marksmanship achievement, 3 received marksmen promotions, 10 received platoon promotions and 7 received pipe band promotions.
December 12th also marked the first parade of the year for the Corps where the entire battalion was present, including the pipe band and colour party. The purpose of the Commanding Officer's Parade was to allow the CO to address the corps and distribute promotions and awards prior to the holiday stand-down. The Commanding Officer, Maj McCue reviewed the battalion with the assistance of C/Commanding Officer, LCol Mitch Myers, Adjutant, Maj Hugh Dowell, and RSM Scott Lennox.
In the past, the St. Andrew's College Battalion has only paraded three times a year (Church Parade, Headmaster's Parade, and Annual Cadet Inspections.) However, the number of parades held each year has increased consistently over the past few years. With the battalion's Remembrance Day participation and the introduction of the Training Awards Parade, the battalion is parading more than ever. This is evident by the fact that the battalion will parade at least six times this year.
Above all, The Christmas Parade gave the senior cadets an opportunity to command the battalion for the first time in preparation for the spring parade season. Taken as a whole, it was a well executed parade, which pleasantly turned out to be an early Christmas present for the Commanding Officer to see the battalion in such fine form so early in the year.
14, 2002 - Queen's Park Remembrance: A sincere thanks
to all of you that gave up your free time on this past drizzly Sunday to
parade with our Regiment. A first class job by all!
Sgt Alex McNabb, Freddie Kane, Roger McLean, Tyler Ehler, Adam Bucci,
Johan Irwandi, Chris Attard, Andrew Brankley, James
Chang, Austin Smith, Ricky Reinenger, Alex Boileau, Scotty Johnstone, Brock
Buckley, Sohaib Siddiqui, Jeff Hynds, Alex Buonaito,
Sean Gill, Sgt Dave Banwell (Guard Sergeant-Major), Joel Ford, Daniel John,
David Humphrey, Jin Ho Park, Terence Chu, Derrick Leung, c/Maj Hugh
Dowell and c/LCol Mitch Myers.
Monday, October 28, 2002 - Congratulations to Cadet Pipe Major c/CWO Andrew Douglas, who capped off a season of performance with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band by placing second in the 2002 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The band has won this title for four of the past six years, more than any other non-Scottish band in the competition’s history, and was narrowly edged out of their fifth title by Ireland’s Field Marshall Montgomery.
Andrew plans to continue his association with the band, which flies him out for rehearsals several times a year, and will be playing a number of winter concerts across the continent, including one at Massey Hall in April.
October 28, 2002 -
The 142nd Highlanders started the training year with a Senior Leaders course at
Blackdown Army Cadet Training Centre at CFB Borden.
Seventeen soon-to-be Platoon Instructors and Senior Leaders came
together to review field craft skills and instructional techniques while
October 17, 2002
- Congratulations to Cadets for their promotions.
Following are the latest Cadet achievements:
May 29, 2002 - Congratulations to the following cadets on their appointments:
Lt Mitch Myers is appointed Cadet Commanding Officer and promoted to c/Lieutenant Colonel. Mitch's commitment and dedication to the Corps has been evident for years having won the Top Grade 9 Cadet Award, the top Upper School Cadet Award and two Commanding Officers Commendations. He is National Star qualified, currently #2 Shot in the Province for marksmanship, an Advanced Scuba Diver, Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award recipient and was the 2IC of Training Company this year.
MWO Brent Brandham
appointed C/ Deputy Commanding Officer and promoted to c/Major. Brent is
a Gold Star cadet, leading the top Company this year (Memorial) as their
Company Sergeant Major. He is a recipient of the Commanding Officer's Commendation
and a Silver Fitness Award winner. As
Warrant Officer Hugh Dowell appointed Adjutant and promoted to Major. c/Hugh is well know for his dedication and loyalty to the Corps. He is a National Star Cadet, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award recipient and received the Commanding Officers Commendation. As the Adjutant, Hugh's responsibilities will focus on the training and development of the Officer and Senior NCO cadre.
MWO Scott Lennox appointed RSM and promoted to c/Chief Warrant Officer. Scott Lennox was highly recommended from all ranks to follow in his brother's footsteps as the Regimental Sergeant-Major. Scott is a Gold Star Cadet, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze recipient and was presented the Commanding Officers Commendation for training excellence.
Sgt John Housser appointed Flag Party Commander and promoted to a/Lieutenant. John is a well known figure in the Corps as a responsible, diligent and tireless leader. John has made it his mission to build the finest Flag party in NATO and I have no doubt he will give it a good run. His teambuilding skills and personal motivation are truly welcomed.
Record Number of Cadets Achieve Star
The annual Cadet Inspection took place on a picture-perfect day for a parade. Unlike the Church and Headmaster’s Parades which were challenged by rain, sleet and snow, the sun shone brightly on the cadets. Inspecting the Corps this year was Dr. Charles Malcolmson ’52 and special guests included Major Robert Lyons (Detachment Commander), Major Andrew Patterson (DCO-48th Highlanders of Canada) and President of the Board of Governors, Mr. Brian Armstrong.
October 17, 2001 - Nearing the end of the busy third term this past school year, my parents had been constantly encouraging me to get a summer job. I would assume they were doing this as I was down to my last penny and was constantly squandering money off of them. So, I figured I better seek out a job pretty quickly so I could create some sort of income for myself. Before I even began to look, Mr. McGillvray sent out one of his many e-mails and said that a man named Fraser Clark was offering positions for pipers at some fort in Halifax I had never heard of. At the time, I immediately turned my nose up at the opportunity and thought it would just be a waste of a summer. From what I knew, Fraser Clark was asking for a few pipers to come from St. Andrew’s to Halifax and work in this fort as a 19th Century British piper that would have been in the army during that era. I thought it was somewhat interesting, but even so, an entire summer working in some place I had never been without any of my friends is a big decision. So, I simply continued my search for jobs which wasn’t proving to be hugely successful. After several weeks, my roommate, Eric Davies, informed me that he was going to undertake the job for the summer. This was very good news because I was completely unsuccessful in finding another, suitable job and now I would have a friend of mine accompany me. As it was now June and the job technically was supposed to start in few weeks, I quickly sent in my application to Fraser Clark. In no time, I was booked on a flight to Halifax on the last day of June.
Eric arrived in Halifax several days before I did, so he was able to give me all the information on the job that I did not know which was practically everything. All I knew was that I was piping in a fort and was dressing up as one of the guys from the movie “The Patriot.”
Our residence was at St. Mary’s University, very close to downtown Halifax. However, downtown Halifax was like downtown Newmarket. It was very small, but at the same time very welcoming and it had a somewhat more relaxed environment to that of Toronto’s even though it was a city.
On my first day, Eric and I walked to the Citadel in the middle of the City so that I could see where I was working. The Citadel was not a very big fort especially compared to Fort Louisbourg in Cape Breton. We visited all the little museums and sights there were to see in the Citadel as well as our “casemate” which was the locker room. I met a few of the soldiers in the Citadel that I would be working with as well as some of the drummers. The soldiers were quite neat to see as they were dressed as Scottish Highlander soldiers in the Victorian British Army. The regiment that I would be reenacting was the 78th Highlanders which no longer exists, but is now apart of the present day Queen’s Own Regiment. Instead of being dressed in “reds,” I found out that my uniform would in fact be green with no feathered bonnet such as the ones we wear here at St. Andrew’s which was somewhat of a relief due to the heat in the summer. After several weeks of work, I learned that the tartan on my uniform was the McKenzie War Tartan, (this I obviously should have known earlier). However, I did know that the year we were representing was 1869.
A regular work day would start at about 8:30 am. We would go to our casemate and begin the long, agonizing process of making our kit look good. This being shining buttons, boots, any brass on our uniform, and whitening gators. This long procedure was expected to take us roughly forty-five minutes to do. However, I pulled it off sometimes in ten minutes when I was in a rush. After our kit had been completed, we were to report on the parade square at 9:15, ready for drill. This was a part of the job I was not aware of when I applied unfortunately. However, drill was drill and it had to be done. Especially for Eric and myself due to the fact that the drill we do here at St. Andrew’s is not the drill we were to do in Halifax. We were to do drill from 1869. This took quite some time to get the hang of and many long hours of being screamed at by Corporal Gannon and Corporal Flick, our two Pipe Corporals. Now, doing drill was one thing at 9:15 in the morning, but having your Corporal or Sergeant come up and put his face in yours and scream at you for not having your buttons properly shined was another! However, Eric and I quickly figured that if we don’t give them a reason to yell at us, they won’t yell at us! During all this yelling and screaming, tourists were watching in amazement and taking pictures and asking every question that came to mind. “Is this the way they used to get drilled?” “Yes, but in a more of a Scottish accent!”
Usually at about noontime, the noon cannon would go off signaling to the fort that it was lunch. At this time, the pipe band which Eric and I were in, would do our noon concert. This would consist of a whole string of traditional tunes from the era, some band drill, and explaining the role of pipers in the British Army. The concert was usually about twenty minutes or so. I must say though, when you are standing at attention in full dress in the middle of a parade square where the sun is at its worst, it is not a pleasant feeling.
Following this concert would be the long awaited lunch from the coffee bar. Lucky for Eric and I, the program we were in which was YCW, paid for all of our meals. I don’t think the other pipers and soldiers were too happy with that.
During the entire day, three pipers would alternate shifts on the walls of the fort and play bagpipes. This I found was a wonderful time to practice one’s instrument. You just had to get around the hundreds of people that would ask you questions and take their pictures with you. The picture thing was fun for a while, but after the thousandth person it began to lose its enjoyment as Eric and I found and began attempting to avoid it as much as possible. It was actually quite interesting to observe the picture taking patterns of people. One person would take our picture and then another would see this and do the same thing. This eventually turned into a chain reaction of hundreds of people all taking your picture at once.
Apart from a couple of chanter practices a day with Fraser Clark, who I found out after a few days of work was our Pipe Major, the day was practically over. It ended with that long, agonizing process of cleaning our kit once again. At five, we were permitted to go home and Eric and I would head down into downtown Halifax and see a movie, hang around with some friends from the Citadel or go back to our apartment and sleep. Being in the sun for about eight hours tended to make us quite sleepy as the day came to a close.
So, apart from being screamed at, doing drill, shining buttons, and polishing boots, I would have to say that my experience as a Victorian Piper in the British Army in 1869 was a really good experience and I think I would most definitely do it again. The break, however being the time in between this last summer and the next summer when I return to Halifax, will be a nice rest.
I was getting ready for summer in June when my friend Sohaib Siddiqui asks me if I want to go to cadet camp with him. He told me that I get all the summer training requirements until Master Corporal and I get sixty dollars for every week. I liked cadets and I was looking for a summer job I liked the idea and signed up. Later in the month I found out that Sohaib could not go but that my other friend Jeff Hynds could. After going to school in July to pick up my new uniform I was soon shipped away to camp.
The bus was supposed to pick us up at Newmarket Community Center but the bus never showed up. As we began to walk through the building in our kilts and dress shirt, we could hear little kids whispering "Scottish people." The person in charge told us he knew nothing about the camp and the bus never showed up. Capt. McCue ended up driving us to camp. He told us that camp Blackdown is so dusty that after two days your boogers will turn black. He was kind enough to give us a bite to eat at McDonalds and left us at camp.
We were soon being put through lines after lines of inspectors and army guys. We were issued combat suit, boots, web belts, shoes and laundry bags. We then found out that Jeff and I were in the same tent and platoon. We unpacked and got ready for a hard two weeks. We were then taught not to go into the girl lines and to keep your tent tidy.
We got up every morning at six o'clock in the morning then had to get everything clean by six thirty and if you weren't up then the sergent's would flip your bed. Then you marched up to breakfast and ate. The food actually wasn't that bad. We started our activities, got free time at night and went to bed at ten o'clock. We even had to do our own laundry.
Every tent had one - there was one person in our tent that would not keep quiet and it was hard to sleep. Three days into the camp we started to get tired and then we went into the bush and started to really camp. During the camp was when Jeff and I started to make friends. It turned out to be alot of fun.
Going to the bush was alot of fun and we got to play night games but we did other actives too. Like climbing a rope bridge at sixty feet in the air and sliding down a rope for ten meters. The obstacle course was also fun we climbed walls 16 feet high and crawled under barb wire.
During the graduation parade Jeff and I were the only one's wearing kilts and we were quite proud of our school. We then found out that we were getting promoted from Lance Corporal to Corporal. I left that camp with some new friends, a promotion and one hundered and twenty dollars.
Michael Carney and I both share a common interest in the cadet program and the Canadian armed forces. That is why we both signed up for a two week cadet experience at Blackdown Army Cadet Training Camp, located in Borden Ontario.
The first day we got up early to catch our bus to Blackdown. The bus was scheduled to arrive at the Newmarket community centre (I cannot remember the exact time). We arrived early, and didn’t see any other cadets. We waited… and waited… and waited. Several hours later, we decided that the bus wasn’t going to be coming anytime soon, and we drove back to SAC to meet up with Capt. McCue. He was going to give us a ride to Blackdown.
When we got there (finally) we noticed that we were the only ones with kilts. Apart from staff members, we were the only cadets in the 1000 cadet battalion who had kilts as a part of our uniform. We made our way through the registration process, and then went to receive our kit. We were issued two laundry bags, running shoes, a web belt (cantine), rain jacket, pillow case, a tilly hat, two combat uniforms, and combat boots. We finally got to our tent. I was in one of two basic training companies. My company was India Company. I was (very luckily) in the same company, the same platoon, and the same tent as Michael Carney. The tents were very large, and they held up to 12 cots with space for bags.
I soon learned that there is a very specific way to arrange the bedspace. Your sleeping bag has to be folded a certain way, your personal kit has to be on the left of your cot, your barracks box has to be on the right. Your combat uniform has to be hung in the centre of your cot with the sleeves rolled up, and the buttons done up. Your towel has to be hung on the right of the cot with the hangar pointing to the door. Your shoes always have to be shined, and they need to be aligned with the cot in proper order. I could go on like this for a very long time.
There were a lot of boring, common-sense classes we had to attend. Like the importance of healthy living. There were also a lot of activities. Activities were the reason I wanted to go to Blackdown. There was everything from the zipline, to the obstacle course. The activities I really enjoyed were the obstacle course, the rope bridge, and marksmanship. The regular Canadian forces train on the same obstacle course we were on. There was stuff like crawling under barbed wire, scaling 6 and 8 foot walls, climbing across a 30 ft high bridge made of rope (no harness), and pulling yourself across a gap on a single rope. The obstacle course was the most fun I had at camp. The rope bridge was the next most fun activity. There was two ropes spanning an enormous gap, and you had to cross on them. The gap was 60 ft high at its tallest point. One rope supported your feet, and you held onto the other. When you got in the middle it was really windy and you bounced as the ropes stretched. In marksmanship we used the daisy air rifle. I don’t know why, but I just like shooting even though I’m not very good at it. We also used bows.
We went on an overnight camping trip into the bush. We had to make hooches to live in for the night. They are cold and uncomfortable at night. At night we played a game using our newly acquired camouflage and concealment skills.
The food at Blackdown was surprisingly good. We had eggs, pancakes, and a variety of cereals for breakfast. There were always fries at lunch. And dinner was always different. At lunch and dinner there was always popsicles and ice cream. There was a toaster, and fresh fruit, and cookies. There was a great variety of other foods, but it would take a long time to list them all. I always enjoyed our meals at Blackdown. There was always something I liked there.
For free time, which was a rare, I usually went to the cantine with Mike to buy candy, or we just hung out at the tent. The cantine has a cheap arcade section, a huge tv, playstation and other entertainment.
In conclusion I had a great time at camp. I learned some new fieldcraft skills, made new friends, and became a Corporal. Camp was a lot of fun, but I am still not sure weather or not I will go back next year.
- Lt Pablo Sanders promoted
to Cadet Major and appointed Deputy Commanding Officer
These three gentlemen will join c/LCol Michael Reid as members of the Battalion Headquarters and senior leadership team.
Additional promotions and
Commanding Officer Appointed for 2001-2002
As the first step in this new process, I am pleased to announce that Cadet Captain Michael Reid is promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Cadet Commanding Officer of our Cadet corps for 2001-2002.
Michael completed his Gold Star this past year by self study, while serving as a dedicated and effective instructor with the Green Star program in the fall and winter terms. During the spring he served as the Commander of Ramsey Company and, as such, was the highest ranking Grade 12 in the Corps. On several occasions over the year, he has quietly accepted additional tasks which he has carried out in a competent and effective manner.
I hope you will join me in congratulating
Michael on accepting this appointment.
Toronto Indoor Games Piping Competition
Merv Frame finished 1st in the Novice Piobaireachd and 2nd in the Grade 4 March. Eric Davis had a 2nd and a 3rd in those two events. Hugh Dowell was the Grade 3 amateur champion of the day with good prizes in two of his three events. Andrew Douglas took three 4ths and turned some heads with a strong showing against adult professional pipers in his first major Open Class competition.
The mini-band (5 pipers, 2 snares and a bass) consisted of the above four pipers along with Drewe MacIver, and with Warren Lowe and Jeremy Lee on snare and John Knutton on bass drum. This was the Pipes & Drums' first competition in an Ontario Pipers' and Pipe Band Society event. These events are judged solely on music, with no dress and deportment involved. The band placed 4th out of six overall -- a very reasonable showing -- and took 2nd place in the piping portion of the event.
Well done to all, and I'm
sure we'll be even better next year.
A sport most Canadians never notice except during the Winter Olympics or when they hear the name Miriam Bedard, biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle-shooting that combines a strenuous workout with the fine touch of a trigger finger.
"The skiers were interested and kind of liked the idea of improving their marksmanship skills, as well as the competitive aspect," recalled McCue of the launch of the squad. "The shooters learned how to ski and it basically just met in the middle."
Borne of the military tradition of wartime ski patrols, most notably in Scandanavian countries, a typical biathlon includes skiing a two to three-kilometre course then shooting five targets using a .22-calibre rifle before repeating the process. In all, three rounds of targets and four loops of the course comprise a customary event.
St. Andrew's College offers biathlon as an option in its mandatory cadet program held Thursdays for all students at the Aurora-based private school.
Although not offered on the independent schools list of sporting activities, SAC's 142nd Cadet Corps is eligible to compete at cadet competitions through its longtime affiliation with the 48th Highlanders and as part of Biathlon Ontario.
"We're one of the few schools still to have the cadet program," said athletic director Greg Reid, noting the cadet program, a carry-over from the 1800s, covers a wide variety of interests, ranging from food services to marksmanship and music to scuba courses.
For Gordon Hunter, it was an opportunity to combine his primary winter sport -- cross-country skiing -- with a new element. "I just wanted to try something different and add a little spice to skiing," said Hunter, a Grade 10 student in his first year at the school.
He qualified to represent the school corps at the recent Central Ontario Region area cadet championships in Sault Ste. Marie, but was unable to attend the competition. He's a top-notch skier and will participate in the Canadian junior cross-country championships at Val Cartier, Que., during March break for the second straight year.
"I still prefer actual cross-country skiing because I've been doing it for years, but I'll probably continue to do it." He's considering taking summer courses in order to sharpen his shooting skills in the off-season.
"The tough part after skiing for two kilometres is getting your breathing relaxed to get the gun steady," said the 16-year-old Hunter, recalling his first competition in which he shot just one of 15 targets on a blustery day, but prevailed on the strength of his skiing skills.
Obviously, it's not as simple as it appears. "It's a night-and-day sport," said McCue. "Your heart is racing, then you have to focus and internalize to be very calm. It takes extreme energy to control every muscle. It's an incredible workout and having to be in control is the challenge."
of Ed ORCA Qualification Course
Day 1 consisted of learning a wide range of tandem canoe skills starting from the basic strokes and moving into some fancy moves with the canoe. Within a few hours, the members of Duke's Team 5 were pivoting and spinning the canoes around like pros and were working on dock landings and bow cuts. In addition to the paddling techniques, we also went through basic history, canoe design and repair as well as basic canoe tripping skills and emergency first aid.
On Day 2 some of the group members were challenged in the morning to some solo canoe training which proved considerably harder than tandem skills. After two hours the group decided to master the tandem skills required for the certifications and began testing for our levels with Steve. Many of the moves that Steve required for us to execute had to be completed with precision allowing for only minimal slippage. Many times we were sent around to "try it again!"
On Day 3 we set off on a mini expedition which would train on us areas such as portaging, swamp crossings, obstacle crossing with the canoe as well as map and compass work. Periodically Steve would stop and work on skills testing during the journey and created some first aid scenarios to challenge our quickly tiring minds and bodies. Exhausted and hungry, we made it back to our Base Camp only to discover that our last requirement was a written test! Much to our relief, we were allowed to work through the test as a group and waited patiently while Steve calculated and computed our final certification levels.
Everyone in the group was successful in attaining ORCA qualifications which would allow us to undertake future canoe adventures safely as a group and allow for the students to pursue summer employment as assistant canoe instructors and trip leaders.
Well Done to the following
Duke of Edinburgh's Award members:
National Cadet Tattoo
Hosts Dingwall, Scotland Cadets
of Edinburgh Awards Achieved
This year 74 students are actively involved with 13 Bronze, one Silver and two Gold awards achieved. Expeditions have included hikes in Algonquin Park and on the Bruce Trail, and a canoe expedition at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Students can also undertake expeditions on their own (three members of this year’s SASSIN team completed their Gold level expedition requirements through involvement in Nepal). Andrew Cronin was presented his Silver Award on June 17th by former Lt-Governor, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, and Paul Perrier and Michael Craig will receive their Gold Awards from a member of the Royal family at a later date.
Congratulations to the following cadets who won awards this year:
and Drums Win 2000 Central Ontario
Amateur Knock Out Piping Competition
Congratulations to each of these gentlemen and I look forward to working with them to ensure the success of this training year.
Party Appointments for 2000
Lance Corporal Tom
Piper Hugh Dowell
Warrant Officer Devon Ajram
Sergeant Andrew Douglas (Headmaster's Piper)
Claus Parade Top Band
Day Parade and Ceremonies
On the same day, Lt Iain Myrans and Drummer Jeremy Lee layed a wreath on behalf of the College at the Aurora Cenotaph as part of the Aurora Legion Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Thanks also to Ken Ryans for his support on this day.
On Thursday November 11th, while the college was conducting our own ceremony, Piper Hugh Dowell was the duty piper for another brief ceremony at the Aurora Cenotaph.
Rifle Association Competition Results
The only down side was his competing as a member of his "other" cadet corps - #2799 (Queen's York Ranger's) Aurora. However since our own shooting team is only just being revived, we can't really complain. And with Roger's help, the #2799 also placed first as a team.
Band Appointments for 1999/2000
Master Warrant Officer Steve Amell and Sergeant Paul Perrier will continue for a second year as Drum Major and Drum Sergeant respectively.
Amateur Piping Competition
Highlanders Change of Command