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For any key worker whose child is not currently using our childcare facility, and who subsequently becomes unable to provide childcare at home –  you must give the school 24 hours’ notice that you need to use this provision so that we can provide appropriate staffing. This means emailing office@newhorizonschildrensacademy.org.uk or calling 0333 602115 by 9am the day before. For Monday provision, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am on the preceding Friday.  Students arriving without giving 24 hours’ notice may be turned away if we do not have adequate staffing.

Update 03.04.20: Please see here for letter to Year 11 and Year 13, or here for a letter to parents of students in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

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Admissions 2020/21

We are currently awaiting further advice from the Department for Education about how appeal deadlines may be affected by the current COVID-19 restrictions on schools. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who still wishes to appeal to do so. Further advice will be provided to all appellants as soon as it is available. All admission appeal forms should be emailed to admissions@holcombegrammar.org.uk. Please do not bring them into school.

Medway Victory Sea Cadets

Medway Victory Sea Cadets

Medway Victory Sea Cadets operate within the Thinking Schools Academy Trust family.

Welcome to a different kind of adventure, launching young people for life today.

Welcome to our information page regarding the Sea Cadets within the Trust.

The Officer in Charge is Trevor Eaton, S/LT(SCC) RNR.

Medway Victory Sea Cadets was set up in 2018. This unit is available to all students at The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School. At present, we have both Year 7 and Year 8 students who are now learning and experiencing the Sea Cadet Corps and all that it offers.

At Medway Victory we aim to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the individuals they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, we learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of ourselves. Activities include: Sailing, canoeing, rowing, archery, shooting, camping, and adventurous training including expedition training. We learn drill, armed drill and piping, seamanship, music such as drumming and marching band. We also learn first aid, engineering, catering and stewarding. Many of these can lead to a BTEC qualification equivalent to five GCSEs. Training will lead to becoming a fully-fledged cadet, with the sea cadet promise: “I promise to serve my God my Queen, My Country and the Sea Cadet Corps and to obey the orders of my superior Officers. I will be proud of my uniform and be smart and seaman like in wearing it and always do my duty.”

Cadets are expected to regularly attend the unit on Mondays 1845-2115 at The Victory Academy in smart, tidy uniform, and to respect all the volunteer staff whilst attending and learning. Many external courses are available to cadets and promotion through the ranks to become a Petty Officer Cadet.

We also offer a great path for adult volunteers and welcome people who have time to commit to the Unit on a regular basis or if you have Sea Cadet experience or qualifications in any of the above activities we would love to hear from you. As our Unit grows we also require more adult volunteers.

Harbour Tour and Bowling

Students participated in a harbour tour and bowling trip on the 22nd October.

Sea Cadets Summer

The most brilliant summer was had by Medway Victory Sea Cadets and staff. We have been out boating this summer gaining great experience on the water and qualifications too, mostly at Royal Docks boating station.

Rowing – gaining taster, Competent Crew and supervised Coxswain.

Sailing – Level 1 Level 2 and some going to take their Level 3 this September.

Paddle sport – Start, Discover and Explore awards.

Windsurfing – Level 1 and Level 2

Powerboating – Level 1 and Level 2

So, a packed summer with loads of photos for all to see and enjoy. Great memories and experiences gained. Well done to Everyone. Looking forward to another school Cadet year of learning, competitions, action and adventure whilst welcoming all our new recruits.

Sea Cadets Competitions

We entered the District Rowing competition for the first time and gave a brilliant show.

We also entered the District First Aid Competition. Cdt First Class Gurskis came 2nd in the District!

Entered the District Cadet skills challenge competition too coming joint 3rd.

Naval Acquaint

Many Cadets have enjoyed staying on HMS Cavalier, earning their Naval acquaint and also Marine Engineering in the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. They experienced first-hand life aboard a Royal Naval Destroyer that served in the Second World War, and had tours around HMS Gannet, HMS Ocelot, the Ropery, and had training in squad drill, the traditions of the Royal Navy. Marine Engineering was a 3rd Class qualification with hopefully more 2nd and 1st Class to come.

Sea Cadets Presentation Evening

A Presentation Evening was held in February 2019, where we welcomed the Southern Area Officer to the Unit, as well as the West Kent District Officer, Assistant District Officer, Area Executive Warrant Officer, the Area Chairman, and families of our cadets.

Physical Training Week

Others travelled to HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth and spent a week on Board gaining their PT 3 specialisation.

Sea Cadets Walking Days

Walking days took us all around different parts of Kent with some more Adventurous Training weekends trying the Cadets hands at archery, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Ships Visit

Unit members also visited HMS Medway whilst it visited the area recently.

March Update

After winning the District Junior Swimming Competition and then the Area competition, we went on to win the District Junior Football and came 2nd in the Cadet District Football. Medals all round. Now we are training for the District Drill and Piping competition in March 2020.

Our cadets have attended courses in Seamanship, First Aid, Physical Training and Weapons Training, gaining even more qualifications. Two cadets represented us at the District Cadet Forum meeting in January.

Our first visit of the new year was to the Royal Engineers Museum. We built bridges and then built and launched rockets, followed by an amazing informative tour led by our Officer in Charge. We had a most amazing visit to Inmarsat, opening their doors for one day only – seeing into the internal workings of this communications satellite company. During the half term, cadets visited Portsmouth, visiting the Naval Base and experiencing a morning on the P2000 HMS Blazer out on a rather rough and very wet sea.

During the half term many of our cadets also went power boating and attended two day courses at the Royal Docks in London. They are now qualified to drive power boats and speed boats.

Finally, our presentation evening on the 10th February welcomed Richard Holdsworth from the Chatham Historic Dockyard. All cadets were promoted to their next rank. We now have 28 cadets in our Ships Company.

We look forward to more great moments in 2020.

More Information

If you want to find out more about us, please visit our website here.  We also have a  Facebook page here.

We meet at:

Address: Sea Cadets Medway Victory
The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent
ME4 5JB

On: Mondays, 1845-2115pm

Telephone: 07876 031436

Email: medwayvictorysc@cadetmail.mod.uk