2018 Remembrance Assembly
The College Act of Remembrance was a poignant occasion looking back on the centenary of Armistice Day.
Dr Henderson, ATC Squadron Commander, opened by reading Wilfred Owen’s “Anthem for Doomed Youth”. Year 12 student Amelie Dobson then read her own poem “No Victors”, written as part of the ABC Council WWI commemoration poetry project for schools.
As a special focus on RAF 100, Head Boy Chris Thornbury recounted the story of Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum, who was the youngest Spitfire pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain.
Mr Robinson and Mr Richardson conducted the Act of Remembrance, with Molly Sommerville on bagpipes as members of the ATC laid the wreath. Leah Badger sounded the Last Post indicating the minute silence followed by The Rouse.
Bronze DOE Air Cadets on Training Weekend at Aldergrove
On 10th and 11th March, 9 cadets from 814 (Portadown College) ATC, attended a Duke of Edinburgh training weekend at JHC Aldergrove, ahead of their expeditions in May and September. Cadets were taught how to read a map and make a route card, as well as other things such as how to pitch a tent. On Sunday afternoon, cadets were given the chance to go on a practice walk in Tardree Forest. The training was held on an active military base, so cadets were given the chance to experience a small bit of life on base and eat in a mess. The Air Training Corps is the only organisation in school that offers Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.
Helicopter flight for ATC Students
On Monday 5th March, Cpl Nelson from 814 Portadown College Sqn Royal Air Force Air Cadets, was lucky enough to experience a powered flight in a RAF puma helicopter. The flight took off from JHC Aldergrove, and with a flight time of approximately 20 minutes, cadets were able to see around Lough Neagh and up and around Slemish mountain.
2017 Remembrance Assembly
On November 10th 2017, Portadown College held their annual remembrance assembly. This year’s assembly remembered The Battle of Passchendaele.
Mr Harper opened the proceedings with an address to the staff and pupils of Portadown College. Kiara McClelland (Head Girl) and Tim Neill (Head Boy) read poems following a short video clip showing men going over the top. Mr Robinson and Dr Henderson (teacher in charge of ATC) also contributed to the readings.
Following a poignant lament played on the bag pipes, the ATC laid a wreath. This was proceeded by a minute of silence and the Last Post.
The assembly was finished by prayers from the vice principals (Miss Gibb and Mr Richardson).
Every student left with the words of Flanders Fields engraved in their mind.
‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.
We will remember them.’
Portadown Air Cadets take to the skies
Students from Portadown College travelled to England for Air Experience Flying at RAF Woodvale near Liverpool on Tuesday 13 October 2015.
From Year 12, Michael Beattie, Samuel Buckley, Jake McMillan, Samuel Mullen, Tim Neill and James Smyth.
From Year 14, Will Parks, Amy Stevenson and Sarah Taylor.
Cadets from Air Training Corps in Portadown College complete their Duke Of Edinburgh Award Hike
The Air Training Corps Duke of Edinburgh Expedition was undertaken on 26th – 27th September in the Mournes area. Four Cadets from 814 Squadron (Portadown College) took part, with all passing the assessment.
RAF Summer Camp for ATC Cadets
Portadown College Royal Air Force cadets sampled first-hand experience life on an RAF base this summer, staying in RAF Benson and RAF Halton.
Cadet Michael Beattie and Sergeant Adam Heasty attended the camp in RAF Benson near Oxford, where they gained further flying time in addition to the PT and team exercises which engaged their time.
Cadets Tim Neil and James Smyth attended camp in RAF Halton in July. They were kept busy with Drill competitions, shooting on base and training in First Aid, not to mention the flying time acquired on a day trip to RAF Benson and a memorable trip to the Imperial War Museum in London.
For Tim, this was his first experience of camp, which he hopes to repeat, especially on account of having clocked up an hour of powered flight time. For James, the highlight was to earn his Marksmanship, the first of the shooting badges.
Ben McKitterick and Adam Heasty (Year 14) have each been awarded Flying Scholarships by the RAF.