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Annual Drill Competition for Trooping the Royal Colour at Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover


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The annual inter-house Drill Competition for the Trooping the Royal Colour saw students displaying their marching and presentation skills.

This was at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover.

Jere Olawoyin, Junior Under Officer of Alanbrooke House, with the Drill Competition Shield. Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net
Jere Olawoyin, Junior Under Officer of Alanbrooke House, with the Drill Competition Shield. Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net

Those in Years 8 to 13 took part this term, representing their respective houses and all students ended up parading, led by the school's military band.

Marks were awarded in five categories: inspection, turnings, quick time, slow time and march past.

Receiving the Drill Competition Shield was Jere Olawoyin, Junior Under Officer of the winners Alanbrooke House.

Its members can now Troop the Colour at the school’s annual Grand Day in July.

David Guvaki of Wellington House, received the Baroness Thatcher Sword of Honour for being judged best Junior Under Officer of the Year by his peers.

David Guvaki, Junior Under Officer of Wellington House, receives the Baroness Thatcher Sword of Honour from Colonel Andy Thorne.Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net
David Guvaki, Junior Under Officer of Wellington House, receives the Baroness Thatcher Sword of Honour from Colonel Andy Thorne.Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net
The Drill Competition winning students of Alanbrooke House. Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net
The Drill Competition winning students of Alanbrooke House. Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net

Good conduct stripes for the best Year 8 student in each guard went to Harriet Higgs, Iona Boyd, Destiny Madamedon, Ella Parker, Sohil Gurung, Niraj Tamang, Kris Gurung, Sakses Rai and IIiesa Nalewabau.

A silver good conduct medals was presented to Chief School Prefect and Junior Under Officer Ruth Adewole.

Bronze went to Senior Prefect and Junior Under Officer Rueben James, Senior Prefect and Junior Under Officer Sebastian Brown, and Senior Under Officer Felix Banks.

Alex Foreman, school principal, said: “Great teamwork and precision are the hallmarks of our keenly contested Drill Competition which brings the school together to celebrate our military ethos and rich Dukie history.”

The final prize-giving and inspecting officer was Colonel Andy Thorne, chairman of the Ministry of Defence’s European Local Children Safeguarding Board.

Inspection by former student and Chelsea Pensioner Jack Frost MBE. Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net
Inspection by former student and Chelsea Pensioner Jack Frost MBE. Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net

He is also the school’s chairman of governors and has three children at DOYRMS.

Judges included Chelsea Pensioners Captain James Frost MBE (Royal Signals) who is also a Dukie, a former pupil at the school.

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