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The Shore Cadet Unit, founded in 1908, and now comprised of nearly 500 students from both Shore and Wenona, is a crucible of tradition and heritage of Shore that provides opportunities for our students to broaden their education beyond the classroom in developing distinctive and essential character development for all involved. Our focus is on the provision of peer-led pastoral care, leadership and management training, outdoor education and fun, in a structured setting that develops the sense of belonging to the Schools.
All Year 9 Shore students join the programme in Alpha, Bravo or Charlie Company and participate in a continuum of experiences that sequentially build their skills. Senior cadets in leadership positions have to exercise critical and creative thinking skills as they work collaboratively to plan and implement complex activities in our two camps held at the end of Term 3 and Term 4.
After deciding to continue with the Unit after their recruit year, cadets in Years 10 and 11 may nominate to attend the Junior and Senior Leaders Promotion Courses which seek to equip cadets with the skills required to lead the Unit and provide specific leadership training that will be beneficial for their future lives. Other streams of continuation training are also available to cadets after their first year of training. Support Company provides the logistic support to field activities and Independent Company trains senior cadets at a more advanced level to operate as teams using advanced skills in reconnaissance, camouflage and concealment.
The culminating activity of the training year is the Ceremonial Parade and Year 12 Dining-In Night which celebrates the service and leadership displayed by the cadets, especially those completing their three years of service with the Shore Cadet Unit.
Through our Cadet Unit programme, students begin a journey of character development and learning how to lead through serving others.
MAJ (AAC) Phillip Henniker