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Term 1 Newsletter 2015

Click here to view a PDF of our term 1 newsletter (opens in a new tab). These will be published regularly at the end of each school term and distributed around the community.

Parade of National Significance

TS Nimrod was involved this week in a special series of parades to celebrate 150 years of Cadet Forces in New Zealand. Each unit sent a representative to the main parade in Wellington as well as participating in a local parade at the same time.

An account of ABCDT Tristan Howard’s trip to Wellington will be published in his school newsletter – details here: Park Press

Check back for more news about the PONS soon.

October

October has been a great month for us because we’re back on the water. Our first attempts at sailing “321” were a bit premature – we decided to give it a go despite there being very little wind. Luckily 321, a 17-foot fibreglass Crown sailing dinghy, is just as suited to pulling as to sailing so out came the oars and we made the most of a beautiful evening at back beach. It also meant we got the chance to check all the rigging, and of course the cadets took the opportunity to have a swim.

Being out in the Crown also means running a safety boat, so we got to give Echo 1 a good run as well. Echo 1 is a 4.5m Naiad we have on loan from the Area HQ until we can raise enough funds to replace our old Smart Wave which doesn’t meet our needs as a safety vessel. Echo 1 is great fun, and we were able to take her near to the basin to view Oosterdam from the water. The cruise ships look even bigger from a Naiad than they do from the shore!

The summer season doesn’t mean forgetting about the more formal aspects of being Sea Cadets though. Preparations for the Parade of National Significance went on behind the scenes all month – more on this event in the next issue.

Lastly we would like to welcome aboard LWEF Barry Harwood of HMNZS Toroa Naval Reserves, who is now parading with us as an instructor and brings his much appreciated Naval expertise to our training.

321 under sail
321 under sail

 

September

The end of term 3 means summer season approaches. Being the end of the term, it also means fun night, and this term’s activity was bowling. Officers managed to hold their own for a while but a mixture of strikes and gutter balls was not enough to hold off some of the NCOs. A good time was had by all.

Also on the agenda at the end of each term is a thorough clean ship. Having kept the hall as tidy as possible over the winter, this meant we could put some elbow grease into getting the boat shed ready for the start of summer. A flurry of activity overseen carefully by the Petty Officer and Leading Cadets means that we return to swept floors, tidy boat gear and everything in its proper place. A few adjustments to routine and this should be maintainable for the whole season.

Over the holidays two of our number attended the Junior NCO course at Burnham. ABCDT Bellamy passed the course with flying colours (metaphorical colours this time) and I survived my first appointment as Course Director. The course included training and assessment in squad handling, drill instruction, leadership and public speaking and was attended by 14-17 year olds from around the South Island. There is no Senior NCO course run during the September break.

Constructing a swing during leadership assessments on the JNCO course.
Constructing a swing during leadership assessments on the JNCO course.

August

August is often a relatively quiet month for us, with winter training well underway and some wild weather to keep us on our toes. This month we have started a project led by CAPT Weir, of Dunedin Cadet Unit, to mark both the 150th anniversary of Cadet Forces in New Zealand and 100 years since the beginning of the Great War. The project involves cadets getting to know more about their own family history, which is lots of fun, and we’re lucky enough to have the great resources at Port Chalmers Library available to us on Thursday evenings.

The Unit Support Committee has been hard at work as usual, with raising funds, liaising with other community groups and keeping the unit ticking over smoothly. The national body of the organisation, SCANZ, is undergoing a few big changes so we enter into exciting times for Sea Cadets. Now would be a great time to contact us if you’ve been thinking about getting involved, whether on a small or large scale. You can email tsnimrod@gmail.com for more information. We also love to hear from Nimrod’s ex-cadets and officers so if you’ve been involved with the unit in the past please drop us a line or head to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tsnimrod – you don’t have to have a Facebook account to view our most recent news and photos of our adventures.

July

This month I would like to write about the process of joining TS Nimrod: who can join, why they should join and how to go about it.

Who can join Sea Cadets? Anyone between the ages of 13 and 15 (or 12 if you’re already at high school or nearly there).The ideal time to start coming along is right near the end of year 8 at school. That way, you can try out all the great things we do in summer and then have the holidays to think about whether you want to join (most people spend the holidays looking forward to coming back!).

Why should someone join Sea Cadets? Just ask anyone who has been a member of TS Nimrod (once you start looking you’ll find there are lots out there) and most of them will tell you it’s one of the best things they ever did, even if they were only there for a short time. Some of the best bits include meeting people of different ages from different schools, gaining heaps of confidence to do all sorts of things you never thought you’d do (from abseiling to public speaking), gaining skills like leadership which you can put on your CV and which will be useful for the rest of your life, and having lots and lots of fun in a huge range of activities.

How do you join TS Nimrod? However it suits you best really. We’re happy if you just want to come for a visit to see what we do – our regular meeting time is Thursday from 6.45 to 9pm. To arrange a visit, or if you have any questions, just email tsnimrod@gmail.com. For more information, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tsnimrod. We look forward to hearing from you!