This weekend is always a highlight in Oakham’s calendar as over 500 pupils participate in activities for Service Weekend.
Held twice a year in the Spring and Winter terms, Service Weekend gives pupils an opportunity to do something out-of-the-ordinary as part of their D of E award, CCF training or Voluntary Action work.
Pupils involved in Voluntary Action will be helping in a number of different areas within the community. Groups of pupils, accompanied by members of staff, will be helping out at The Lodge Trust in Market Overton, assisting with a Spring Luncheon and film showing for the elderly, as well as underdoing First Aid training.
Meanwhile, CCF recruits will be deployed to the Stanford Training Centre near Thetford to practice their fieldcraft and the RAF cadets will be touring battlefields in Ypres, Belgium.
Pupils working towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold D of E awards are setting out on their cycling, walking or rowing expeditions in picturesque locations all over the country. One group will be walking in Rutland, a few cycling and walking groups will be in the Peak District, while others will be rowing down the River Soar and the River Nene. They have all independently planned their journeys, as well as prepared supplies for the weekend.